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Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
« Reply #60 on: August 25, 2018, 20:55 »
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/javier-otxoa-dies-aged-43-after-long-illness/
:'(

I can remember cheering Javier Otxoa up Hautacam in front of the TV 18 years ago like it was yesterday. The brave little Basque climber in that gorgeous Kelme kit against an all-conquering Lance Armstrong who ate into the gap with every pedal stroke, hell-bent on taking a stage win that would be a footnote for himself, but the breakthrough for Otxoa. In my memory, Otxoa still had almost 1:30 minutes at the flamme rouge, and he lost half that on the final kilometre. But he persevered.



Less than a year later, his twin brother Ricardo was dead, and Javier was in a coma with brain injury, possibly irreversible, hit by a car on a training ride.
Javier woke up again after two months, re-learned how to use his body, and eventually returned to cycling, winning Paralympic gold and silver medals.

Now Javier has followed Ricardo to the other side.
May you rest in peace, Javier, and thank you.
Thank you for that July day in the year 2000 when you made a 13-year-old boy fall in love with cycling.
I can't think of a more worthy wearer of the ancient olive wreath.

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