Ex-cyclist Javier Otxoa has Friday at the age of 43 life left. The Spaniard was suffering from a chronic disease.
Otxoa was at the wielerpubliek a well-known figure during the Tour de France of 2000. As early vluchter he survived in harsh weather conditions in the stage to Hautacam and picked up the victory for a budding Lance Armstrong.
A year later, disaster struck for Javier and his brother Ricardo Otxoa. The duo was hit on training, and Ricardo survived. Javier was two months in a coma, but about it. He would never pro, but conquered as a paralympic athlete still gold (road race) and silver (pursuit) at the Games of Athens (2004).