Looking at the startlist on the eve of the Giro di Sicilia 2022 it seemed clear that there was at least a good chance that the winner would be, once again, a home rider, a Sicilian. If last year’s victory of Nibali from Messina was significant and exciting for several reasons, one must admit that this year’s victory of Damiano Caruso from Ragusa has been quite suggestive.
Caruso versus Nibali was meant to be, and Caruso versus Nibali it has been: the former, however, is enjoying a more exciting moment in his career than his fellow Sicilian, and the impression is that he is currently not only in the best period of his cycling life but is also the most concrete Italian option for stage races. After all, finishing second in a Giro d’Italia behind a rider like Egan Bernal can hardly be a coincidence.
Damiano, as everyone knows, has spent most of his career working for his teammates, only sporadically showing his qualities as a captain, perhaps because not even he expected to be able to reach such high levels. Then, at last year’s Corsa Rosa, at almost 34 years of age, we all witnessed the epiphany of a still unfulfilled talent. Almost a year after that great achievement, we can say that it was not a flash in the pan. Caruso is one hell of a rider.