Javier Otxoa

Javier Otxoa

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Javier Otxoa Palacios (born 30 August 1974, Barakaldo, Greater Bilbao, Basque Country) is a Spanish cyclist, formerly of the Kelme cycling team. His name is sometimes spelled Javier Ochoa in media reports.

In 2000 Otxoa won a heavy mountain stage in the Tour de France on top of the Hautacam. In February 2001 a car hit him and his twin brother Ricardo during training. Ricardo died. Javier survived but was in a coma for a month and became seriously disabled. He continued cycling, however. In the 2004 Summer Paralympics he won a gold in the road race/time trial event and a silver in the individual pursuit.

Otxoa was disqualified during the preliminary round of the individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, for riding too close behind his opponent, Darren Kenny, who had overtaken him.

Otxoa currently resides in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga.


General Classification Circuito Montañés
13th Tour de France:
:1st Stage 10, Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
:2nd Mountains classification
1st Road race/time trial, 2004 Summer Paralympics
2nd Pursuit, 2004 Summer Paralympics
1st time trial, 2008 Summer Paralympics
2nd road race, 2008 Summer Paralympics


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