Pavel Sergeyevich Tonkov (Павел Сергеевич Тонков; born 9 February 1969 in Izhevsk)[1] is a former professional road racing cyclist from Russia. His talents were first showcased when winning the world junior title as part of the Soviet Union team in 1987. This alerted the world to his talents, and he turned pro in 1992 with the RUSS-Baïkal team.

Pavel Tonkov
Tonkov in 2005
Personal information
Full namePavel Sergeyevich Tonkov
NicknameThe Tsar
Born (1969-02-09) 9 February 1969 (age 54)
Izhevsk, Soviet Union
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1996Ceramiche Panaria–Vinavil
2004Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
2005Team LPR
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1996)
Young rider classification (1992, 1993)
7 individual stages
(1996, 1997,1998, 2002, 2004)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1997)

Stage Races

Tour de Suisse (1995)
Tour de Romandie (1997)

Professional career Edit

His biggest success was the overall win in the 1996 Giro d'Italia. He went on to place 2nd in the following two editions of the Italian race and all total he placed in the top 5 of the Giro on seven occasions. He also had two top 5 performances in the Vuelta and while he entered the Tour de France on three occasions he never completed one.

He won the 1995 Tour de Suisse and the 1997 Tour de Romandie.[2] He placed 3rd overall in the 2000 Vuelta a España.[2]

Throughout much of his career, he was a client of the controversial Michele Ferrari.

He retired in 2005.

Personal life Edit

He lives in Córdoba, Spain, where he manages a hotel.

Career achievements Edit

Major results Edit

1st   Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st   Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st   Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 7a Peace Race
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification
10th Giro dell'Emilia
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Stage 1
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
10th Trofeo Pantalica
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Combination classification
1st Stage 7
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
6th Chrono des Nations
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 13
1st Stage 1 Tour de Romandie
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
9th Overall Escalada a Montjuïc
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4
1st Giro dell'Appennino
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 13 & 15
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 (ITT), 5 & 21
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
7th Trofeo dello Scalatore
8th Overall Tour of Galicia
1st Giro dell'Appennino
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 18
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Luk-Cup Bühl
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
4th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Tre Valli Varesine
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
6th Luk-Cup Bühl
9th Overall Tour of Galicia
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st   Mountains classification Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st   Combination classification
3rd Classique des Alpes
5th Overall Euskal Bizikleta
7th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 17
6th Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Giro dell'Appennino
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
8th Giro dell'Appennino
1st   Overall Clasica Alcobendas
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
8th Subida al Naranco
9th Giro dell'Appennino

Grand Tour general classification results timeline Edit

Grand Tour 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
  Giro d'Italia 7 5 4 6 1 2 2 5 5 DNF 13
  Tour de France DNF DNF DNF[N 1]
  Vuelta a España DNF 4 3 67 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Notes Edit

  1. ^ Tonkov did not start Stage 17 due to a death in his family.[3]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Pavel Tonkov Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". 1969-02-05. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  2. ^ a b "Pro Cycling News". Daily Peloton. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  3. ^ "News for July 23, 1999". 23 July 1999. Retrieved 11 January 2023.