Pavel Tonkov was born on February 9, 1969.
The Russian rider stood on the podium in the Grand Tour events four times including one victory.
Tonkov won the 1996 Giro d’Italia in front of Enrico Zaina of Italy and Abraham Olano of Spain.
Tonkov was 2nd in the 1997 Giro d'Italia behind Ivan Gotti of Italy.
Tonkov was also 2nd in the 1998 Giro d'Italia behind Marco Pantani of Italy.
In addition, Tonkov was 3rd in 2000 Vuelta a Espana behind
Roberto Heras of Spain and Angel Casero of Spain.