Team BMC Racing Signs Damiano Caruso
The 26-year-old is a former Italian Under-23 national road champion who finished third overall at the Tour of Austria last month while placing runner-up in stage 3 with his current Cannondale team. Winner of stage 5 at Settimana Coppi e Bartali last year, Caruso also captured the king of the mountains classification at the Tour of Beijing last year.
"We are pleased to include Damiano Caruso on the BMC Racing Team's roster for 2015," BMC Racing Team President and General Manager Jim Ochowicz commented. "He brings with him a strong desire to excel his talents with us. He is an outstanding climber who has delivered big results in the past and the future holds great opportunities for him both as a leader and a worker."
A top 25 finisher at the Giro d'Italia in 2012 and 2013, Caruso also has high hopes of developing into a leading general classification rider. Caruso said he welcomed the opportunity to join the BMC Racing Team. "This is a big opportunity to be a part of one of the best teams in the world. I am proud and happy to sign on with them. Next year, I want to try to win an important race and help others win races, too. I know I will have a good group around me to do it," Caruso said.
Caruso has a pair of podium finishes in one-week stage races to his credit, having finished third overall at the Tour of Alberta last year and third overall at the Tour of Britain in 2012. He finished third in the stage 18 time trial of the 2012 Giro d'Italia.