José Azevedo

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José Azevedo
Personal information
Full name José Bento Azevedo Carvalho
Nickname The Ace
Born (1973-09-19) September 19, 1973 (age 40)
Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 61 kg (9 st 8 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1994–1995
1996–2000
2001–2003
2004–2006
2007-2008
Recer-Boavista
Maia-MSS
ONCE-Eroski
US Postal
SL Benfica
Managerial team(s)
From 2014 Team Katusha
Major wins
Deutschland Tour, 1 stage
Individual Time Trial Champion (2001)
Infobox last updated on
July 21, 2006

José Bento Azevedo Carvalho (born 19 September 1973 in Vila do Conde, Grande Porto) is a Portuguese former professional road racing cyclist. As of 2010, he is also a team manager with Team Katusha. During his racing career, Azevedo rode for ONCE-Eroski between 2001 and 2003 and for US Postal between 2004 and 2006.

Career[edit]

Azevedo's principal career successes have been fifth overall at the 2001 Giro d'Italia, sixth overall at the 2002 Tour de France and fifth overall at the 2004 Tour de France. He also made a second place in the Germany Tour, just behind Michael Rogers. He won the queen-stage of the German competition.

Until 2005 he was a renowned domestique; his primary role was to serve as Lance Armstrong's lieutenant in mountain stages, specifically stages in the Pyrenees Mountains. Lance Armstrong described him as the best lieutenant he has ever had. Nicknamed "The Ace", he moved to US Postal (which became the now-defunct Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) from Team ONCE (also defunct) in 2004.

Azevedo claimed the highest finish in the general classification amongst his Discovery Channel teammates in the 2006 Tour de France. Azevedo finished 18th overall, 37 minutes and 11 seconds behind race winner Óscar Pereiro, following the disqualification of apparent winner Floyd Landis.

To be able to spend more time with his family, Azevedo opted for a home team. He became the leader of the Benfica cycling team. Azevedo finished his career at the end of the Tour of Portugal 2008.

Major achievements[edit]

2001
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
2002
6th Overall Tour de France
3rd Euskal Bizikleta
2003
2nd Overall Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 5
2004
5th Overall Tour de France
2005
10th Overall Tour de Georgia
2006
4th Overall Dauphiné Libéré
6th Paris-Nice Paris-Nice
2007
1st GP CTT Correios de Portugal

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 5th - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France - 6th 26th 5th 30th 19th
golden jersey Vuelta a España - 34th - - - -

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