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Discovery, 11 who rode with Lance, part ways

Updated: September 21, 2006, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- The Discovery Channel team is parting with 11 riders who helped Lance Armstrong win one or more of his seven straight Tour de France titles.

George Hincapie of the United States, long considered Armstrong's key teammate, is staying with the squad.

Among those leaving are: two-time Giro d'Italia champion Paolo Savoldelli of Italy, climber Jose Azevedo of Portugal, Manuel Beltran of Spain, Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia and Benoit Joachim of Luxembourg.

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