'Inhumane and barbaric': Pat Jonker's longest day at the Giro d'Italia

Jonker finishes the hardest stage of his career (Image credit: Sirotti)

On the fourteenth stage of the 1995 Giro d’Italia, nothing happened. At least, that was the lament in La Repubblica the day after Tony Rominger maintained his grip on the pink jersey following the leg to Val Senales.

The route had brought the race to the Ötztal Alps, where the preserved 5,000-year-old remains of a prehistoric human – the Similaun Man – had been found four years earlier. The area, Leonardo Coen complained, was "also capable of mummifying and freezing the corpse of this monotonous Giro d’Italia. Because up there, yesterday, nothing happened. Nothing at all: no point in deluding yourself."

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.