There's no maglia nera on offer for the last man in the race these days - but Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia rider has next best thing...

If your surname is Fonzi, we imagine you learn early on to get used to a lifetime of Happy Days-themed punnage which you can either endure, or embrace.

It seems the Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia rider Giuseppe Fonzi falls very much into the latter camp.

The 25-year-old rocked up at today's closing time trial from Monza to Milan wearing a black leather biker jacket - evoking memories of Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli played by Heny Winkler in the show, which ran from 1974 to 1984.


Fantastic! Giuseppe Fonzi first rider to start complete with Happy Days leather jacket!!! #giro100

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There's an added significance to Fonzi sporting black as he rolled down the ramp as the first rider out on the course by virtue of being last man in the overall standings.

From 1946 to 1951, the rider occupying that position was awarded the black jersey, or maglia nera, with the final winner being Giovanni Pinarello.

Fonzi , who took off the jacket before rolling down the ramp to start his ride today is assured of ending the 100th Giro d'Italia as back marker being 20 minutes behind the next rider on General Classification.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.