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Video: Happy Days as back marker Giuseppe Fonzi rocks up at Giro time trial in black leather jacket

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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