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José Bento Azevedo Carvalho (born 19 September 1973) is a Portuguese retired road racing cyclist, and current general manager of UCI WorldTeam Team Katusha–Alpecin.[1] During his racing career, Azevedo rode for ONCE–Eroski between 2001 and 2003 and for U.S. Postal Service between 2004 and 2006.

José Azevedo
Tour de l'Ain 2004 - José Azevedo.jpg
Azevedo in 2004
Personal information
Full nameJosé Bento Azevedo Carvalho
NicknameThe Ace
Born (1973-09-19) 19 September 1973 (age 46)
Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)
Team information
Current teamTeam Katusha–Alpecin
RoleRider (retired)
Team manager
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2004–2006U.S. Postal Service
Managerial team(s)
2010–2011Team RadioShack
2014–Team Katusha
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 TTT stages (2002, 2004, 2005)

Deutschland Tour, 1 stage
One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (1996, 1997, 2001)


Born in Vila do Conde, Azevedo's principal career successes were 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.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

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
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 timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
  Giro d'Italia 5
  Tour de France 6 26 5 30 17
  Vuelta a España 34


  1. ^ "Team". Team Katusha–Alpecin. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

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