The dismantling of Discovery Channel continues. The Lance Armstrong era is definitely over. Retired is Viatcheslav Ekimov, gone is Manuel ‘Triki’ Beltran (to Liquigas), and now fellow Portugese rider José ‘Ace’ Azevedo is leaving the team. Over his three year career with Discovery Channel, Jose demonstrated to be Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant in the mountains. He clearly filled and even surpassed the legacy of Roberto Heras who previously served the role on USPS.
Procycling reports that Acevedo is leaving “spend more time with his family in his home country.” Within the last month, three of the famous Blue Train that are leaving as Discovery retools for the future.
Jose seen here sharing a toast with Lance Armstrong at the 2005 Tour.