Damiano Caruso

Damiano Caruso (born 12 October 1987) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Bahrain–McLaren.[3] Caruso was also the 2008 under-23 Italian national champion for the road race.[4]

Damiano Caruso
Deutschland Tour 2018 Bonn 012.jpg
Caruso in 2018
Personal information
Full nameDamiano Caruso
Born (1987-10-12) 12 October 1987 (age 32)
Ragusa, Italy
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10 st 10 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamBahrain–McLaren
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
2009LPR Brakes–Farnese Vini
2010De Rosa–Stac Plastic
2015–2018BMC Racing Team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2018)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2017)


Born in Ragusa, Sicily, Caruso has competed as a professional since the second half of the 2009 season, competing for the LPR Brakes–Farnese Vini,[5] and De Rosa–Stac Plastic teams,[6] before joining Liquigas–Cannondale for the 2011 season.[7] In October 2011, the Italian National Olympic Committee requested for Caruso to be suspended from competition for two years, although backdated from December 2010, in relation to a doping offence in 2007.[8] He was given a backdated one-year ban in February 2012, allowing for him to return to competition without being banned, but all his 2011 results were voided.[9] Caruso held the lead of the young rider classification at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, after Garmin–Barracuda's Peter Stetina lost time on the eighth stage.[10]

In August 2014, Caruso signed a multi-year deal with the BMC Racing Team.[11] At the end of 2014, Caruso scored a top-10 placing in the Vuelta a España, finishing ninth in the general classification. In 2015, Caruso finished eighth in the Giro d'Italia.[12] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France,[13] riding the race every year since.

In August 2018, Bahrain–Merida announced that Caruso would join them from 2019 on a two-year contract, with a continued focus on riding as a domestique in Grand Tours and to take opportunities as a team leader in some shorter stage races.[14] During the 2019 Giro d'Italia both he and teammate Domenico Pozzovivo rode strongly placing near the top 20 en route to assisting GC favourite Vincenzo Nibali in finishing on the podium in 2nd. During the 2020 Tour de France he rode well with Mikel Landa, who finished in 4th place, as Caruso finished in the top 10 of the Tour for the first time in his career.

Major resultsEdit

1st   Overall Tre Ciclistica Bresciana Junior
1st Stage 2
5th Overall Giro della Lunigiana
4th Overall Giro della Toscana
1st Young rider classification
4th Gran Premio Madonna delle Grazie
5th G.P. Chianti Castello Guicciardini di Poppiano
5th Trofeo Tempestini Ledo
8th Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
9th Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
1st   Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Giro delle Valli Cuneesi nelle Alpi del Mare
2nd Giro del Montalbano
3rd Gran Premio Chianti Colline D'Elsa
3rd Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
3rd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
4th Parma–La Spezia
4th La Ciociarissima
5th Bassano–Montegrappa
5th G.P. Chianti Castello Guicciardini di Poppiano
6th Giro Del Canavese – Trofeo Sportivi Valperghesi
9th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
9th Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
10th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
1st   Overall Giro Delle Pesche Nettarine Di Romagna
1st Stage 5
1st Trofeo Comune di Cafasse
1st Stage 2 Girobio
3rd G.P. Chianti Castello Guicciardini di Poppiano
4th Parma–La Spezia
4th Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
4th Milano–Rapallo
5th Coppa Cicogna – G.P.Ristorante Pin-Rose
7th Gran Premio Pretola
8th Piccola Sanremo
9th Trofeo Mario Zanchi
9th Firenze–Empoli
10th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
5th Overall Giro di Sardegna
5th Giro dell'Appennino
7th Overall Brixia Tour
7th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
Voided results from 6 October 2010 to 5 October 2011.
7th Japan Cup
2nd Overall Tour of Britain
8th GP Miguel Induráin
8th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
9th Giro di Toscana
1st   Mountains classification Tour of Beijing
1st Stage 5 Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
3rd Overall Tour of Alberta
3rd Overall Tour of Austria[11]
5th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
5th Tre Valli Varesine
6th Overall Tour of Slovenia
9th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 9 (TTT) Tour de France
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
9th Classic Sud-Ardèche
1st   Mountains classification Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
4th Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Tour du Haut Var
9th Overall Tour La Provence
1st Stage 3 (TTT) Tour de France
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
3rd   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
5th Overall Deutschland Tour
9th Tre Valli Varesine
1st Circuito de Getxo
10th Overall Tour de France

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Giro d'Italia 24 19 8 23
  Tour de France 53 22 11 20 58 10
  Vuelta a España 74 9 109
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team - Damiano Caruso". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team". Merida Bikes. Merida Industry Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ostanek, Daniel (26 December 2019). "2020 Team Preview: Bahrain McLaren". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Il Siciliano Damiano Caruso è il nuovo campione Italiano della categoria under 23" [The Sicilian Damiano Caruso is the new Italian champion of the Under 23 category]. Settimana Tricolore (in Italian). GS Domus. 27 June 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  5. ^ Brown, Gregor (1 July 2009). "LPR Brakes welcomes Caruso". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  6. ^ Brown, Gregor (28 October 2009). "De Rosa-Stac Plastic names team roster". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Basso and Nibali to remain with Liquigas". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2012. Joining the team for 2011 will be Paolo Borghini Longho (ISD – Neri), Eros Capecchi (Footon-Servetto), Cristiano Salerno (De Rosa – Stac Plastic) and Damiano Caruso (De Rosa – Stac Plastic).
  8. ^ "CONI requests ban for Damiano Caruso". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Caruso given back-dated suspension by CONI". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  10. ^ Moore, Kyle (13 May 2012). "Liquigas-Cannondale team flexes muscles on stage 8". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Transfers: BMC sign Damiano Caruso". cyclingnews.com. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Results-Giro d'Italia". Eurosport. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  13. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Damiano Caruso joins Team Bahrain Merida". Bahrain–Merida. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.

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