Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 29, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.

Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days

by Matt de Neef

As the last-placed rider in the Giro d’Italia general classification, Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina) had the privilege of being the first to arrive at the start ramp for yesterday’s final-stage individual time trial. When he did, the Italian was kitted up in a leather jacket, a reference to Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, a lead character in the U.S. sitcom Happy Days.

The colour of the jacket is significant — in years gone by, the last-placed rider in the Giro would get a black jersey, a maglia nera. While Fonzi removed the jacket prior to starting the stage, he would certainly have earned a maglia nera had one been available. The 25 year old finished the Giro 5 hours 48 minutes and 40 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin, more than 20 minutes behind the next-slowest rider.

Chapeau to Fonzi for having a bit of fun on the final day of his first Grand Tour.