José Azevedo

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Azevedo and the second or paternal family name is Carvalho.
José Azevedo
Tour de l'Ain 2004 - José Azevedo.jpg
Personal information
Full name José Bento Azevedo Carvalho
Nickname The Ace
Born (1973-09-19) September 19, 1973 (age 42)
Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1994–1995 Recer-Boavista
1996–2000 Maia-MSS
2001–2003 ONCE–Eroski
2004–2006 U.S. Postal Service
2007-2008 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) is a Portuguese retired 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 U.S. Postal Service 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.

In 2006 Azevedo wore the #1 background during the Tour de France and he claimed the highest finish in the general classification amongst his Discovery Channel teammates. 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 and aimed to win the Tour of Portugal. Azevedo finished his career at the end of the Tour of Portugal 2008.

Later, in the 2012 USADA Report into doping on the U.S Postal cycling team, it was determined Azevedo received a blood transfusion during the 2004 Tour de France based on testimony from Floyd Landis and others.[1]

Today he is the team manager of Team Katusha.

Major achievements[edit]

2001 – ONCE-Eroski
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
Stage 3
8th Overall Vuelta al Pais Vasco
5th Overall Paris–Nice
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
2002 – ONCE-Eroski
8th Overall, Klasika Primavera
5th Overall, La Flèche Wallonne
6th Overall Tour de France
3rd Euskal Bizikleta
2003 – ONCE-Eroski
2nd Overall, Deutschland Tour
1st Stage 5
2004 – US Postal
10th Overall, Paris–Nice
12th Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
5th Overall, Tour de France
10th Overall, Tour de Georgia
4th Overall, Dauphiné Libéré
6th Paris–Nice, Paris–Nice
6th Overall, Tour de Luxembourg
6th Overall, Volta a Portugal
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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