Caruso: Nibali's Call Persuaded Me To Join Bahrain Merida

Damiano Caruso battles the elements early on stage 5

After four years with BMC Racing, Damiano Caruso will reunite with Vincenzo Nibali. The pair rode together earlier in their careers at Liquigas and Cannondale before going their separate ways, but Nibali's personal intervention during contract negotiations earlier this summer persuaded Caruso to sign for Bahrain Merida on a two-year deal. Caruso has forged a career for himself as one of the most respected and valued riders in the peloton. Although not a prolific winner he has been highly consistent throughout his years in the sport and in some regards is the perfect WorldTour specimen - a rider who can gain valuable WorldTour points, while also working in the services of others during key points in the season. For the 30-year-old, however the chance to win a Grand Tour with Nibali was a major draw in moving to Bahrain Merida after the uncertain summer at BMC Racing. "I was a ...

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