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December 31, 2003

Tonkov signs with Vini Caldirola

Eurosport Tonkov: Back in the pack

Russian climber Pavel Tonkov signed a new deal to race in 2004, after spending 2003 recovering from a back problem.

The 35-year-old won the Giro d'Italia in 1996, and will support Vini Caldirola leader Stefano Garzelli at the Giro.

As for Tonkov's personal ambitions, the gifted climber will ride the Giro looking for a mountain-stage win and has also been pegged for team leadership duties at the Tour of Spain and the Tour of Switzerland -- the latter of which Tonkov won in 1995.

Posted by Frank Steele on December 31, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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