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Gallery: The Giro d'Italia final mountain stage

Damiano Caruso takes victory at Alpe Motta confirming his MVP performance at the Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson
30 May 2021

With the Giro d'Italia concluding today, let's take a minute to pay homage to the MVP of this year's race, Damiano Caruso.

The moutain domestique arrived at his home Grand Tour three weeks ago with a clear plan, protect Bahrain-Victorious team leader Mikel Landa. Heading into the final stage, a 30km time trial in Milan, Caruso is set to finish second at the Giro.

After Landa crashed out of the race on Stage 5, Caruso had an opportunity he has never previously been afforded, the chance to race for himself. As he told the press yesterday, having taken his first-ever Grand Tour stage victory, he took that chance with both hands.

'The biggest difference between being a gregario and a leader is the pressure that you have to get a result. When you’re the leader, you know everything hinges on you. As a gregario, I had a job to do, but nobody would ever ask me why I hadn’t won. That changed on this Giro, but I didn’t. I just threw myself into this challenge, which was above all a challenge for myself,' said Caruso.

'After the stage on the gravel at Montalcino, I was still up there and I started to think to myself, why settle? I’ve spent a life settling. Why not try to risk? What did I have to lose? Why not look for something more?'

Below the best images from Stage 20 from Chris Auld:

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