Caruso Tests Himself During General Classification Battle on Stage 2 in Germany24. August 2018, Trier (GER) — Road Team
The second stage of Deutschland Tour saw the first battle of the General Classification contenders with Damiano Caruso in the thick of the action in the closing kilometers of the stage before eventually finishing in the top ten and moving up into seventh overall.
Once again the day’s breakaway formed early with five riders jumping clear off the front of the peloton inside the opening kilometers of the 196km stage. However, unlike stage 1 yesterday, the group was given the freedom to build up an advantage that was nudging the five-minute mark after over 40km of racing.
The gap continued to hover around 4’30” for most of the day before the chase began to heat up approaching the 70km to go mark and the start of the first of four categorized climbs. It was this increase in pace that saw the leaders’ advantage fall quickly and, 20km later, there was less than one minute standing between the breakaway and the main bunch.
A relentless series of attacks soon began with the peloton, which was strung out along the road, pulling the race back together on the penultimate climb of the day before a select group of seven riders was drawn out at the front of the race inside the final 30km of the day.
The group’s advantage was hovering at just 15 seconds on the final lap around Trier and eventually, a reduced main bunch made the catch with 12km to go before more movement at the front saw Caruso going on the attack after the General Classification contenders began to try their luck.
In the end, it was Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) who took the stage win and moved into the leader’s jersey after splits in the GC group saw four riders go on to battle for the stage win while behind, Caruso continued to work hard as part of the first chasing group before sprinting to eighth on the line.
Caruso now sits 19 seconds behind Schachmann heading into tomorrow’s penultimate stage.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“During the last 15km of today’s race, we were going really fast. There were lots of nerves in the bunch as the parcours was always up and down and we expected the race to be really hard on the final circuit and it was. It was important to be in front on the last uncategorized climb before the bonus sprint and I was able to win that but by attacking there, it put me in a bad position as when the group caught me, Dumoulin attacked and at first nobody really worked to bridge across and I think that’s where I lost out on battling for the stage victory.”
“Overall, it was a good race for me today and I am happy because I felt really good during the race. I’m looking forward to the next two stages. For sure, this race can be won on bonus seconds and everything is still really close on the General Classification so, I am expecting another battle tomorrow even if it’s just for one second.”
Stage 2: Bonn > Trier, 196km
Top 3: 1. Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) 2. Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) 3. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 8. Damiano Caruso 22. Tom Bohli 34. Kilian Frankiny