The BMC Racing Team has signed Damiano Caruso to a multi-year contract beginning with the 2015 season, BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Tuesday.
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 on Stage 3. 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 on the BMC Racing Team’s roster for 2015,” Ochowicz said. “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 Big Opportunity’
A top 25 finisher at the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and 2013, 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,” he said. “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 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 was also third in the Stage 18 time trial of the Giro d’Italia in 2012.