Damiano Caruso: I played my chances and I'm happy for that
Oct 02 2016 02:21 am CET

Damiano Caruso: I played my chances and I'm happy for that

Italian Damiano Caruso is one of the names to remember of the 2016 Giro di Lombardia after forming part of the breakaway and being the lone leader for several kilometers.

Two hours into the course Caruso attacked with Stefan Denifl of IAM Cycling, Rudy Molard of Cofidis, and Mikael Chere of AG2R-La Mondiale and managed to create a gap of almost seven minutes.

With 62 kilometers to go, the Italian rider accelerated and soon found himself riding alone at the front of the race. During 17 kilometers he held this position and at 45 kilometers from the finish line he was caught by the group of favorites.

"It was a really hard and fast start to the race," said Caruso. "We rode the first 70 kilometers full gas and it was then that I was trying to ride a good tempo to get into the breakaway. Eventually I was one of four riders who went. We wanted a big group to go and with only four riders going clear it wasn't good conditions.

"With only four riders it was more difficult to stay away, but I still did a nice ride and I think for me it was a great Il Lombardia. I played my chances and I'm happy for that," continued the rider.

But despite finishing in 18th position and more than 18 minutes behind winner Esteban Chaves, Caruso was happy to ride in his home country. "It's always nice to ride in Italy, especially at Il Lombardia which is such a beautiful race. With our team I do a lot of racing outside of Italy so it's normal that I enjoy racing here when I have the chance.
Photo Damiano Caruso (cropped) by BMC Racing Team





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