|Full name||José Bento Azevedo Carvalho|
September 19, 1973 |
Vila do Conde, Portugal
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (9 st 8 lb)|
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
|From 2014||Team Katusha|
|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.
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.
- 2nd Overall Deutschland Tour
- 1st Stage 5
Grand Tour General Classification results timeline
|Tour de France||-||6th||26th||5th||30th||19th|
|Vuelta a España||-||34th||-||-||-||-|
- José Azevedo profile at Cycling Archives
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