Javier Otxoa Palacios, born 30 August 1974 in Spain,
won the 10th stage in the Tour de France of 2000.
He managed to finish before Armstrong and Jiménez.
He had to face the Côte de Barcus, Col de Marie Blanque, Col d’Aubisque,
Col du Soulor and a finish on the Lourdes-Hautacam.
His twin brother Ricardo cheered him on by the side of the road.
They were both in love with cycling…
Riding together for the Kelme team, brothers in arms.
Everything went fine… until 15 February 2001.
A black day for the Otxoa family.
During a normal training next to a highway,
the two cycling brothers get hit by a car.
Javier is in a coma for nine weeks.
Luckily Javier wakes up, but he is seriously disabled.
While coping with the loss of his beloved brother,
Javier fights hard to get back on a bike…
No one thought that one day he’d win medals at the Paralympics.
But he did: after all, he could never give up on cycling.
Since 2001 the race Circuito de Getxo is being named
‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’, in memory of Ricardo.
This post is dedicated to Javier & Ricardo Otxoa.
Rest in peace Ricardo, we will never forget you.