Javier Otxoa in 2009
|Full name||Javier Otxoa Palacios|
August 30, 1974 |
|Discipline||Road & Track|
|1 stage - 2000 Tour de France
Gold medal - 2004 Summer Paralympics
Gold medal - 2008 Summer Paralympics
|Infobox last updated on
January 7, 2009
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.
Road cycling career
In 2000 Otxoa won a mountain stage in the Tour de France on top of the Hautacam on a cold and rainy day. He broke away with Nico Mattan with 155 km (96 mi) to race and dropped him on the col de Marie Blanque. Mattan rejoined him on the descent. Otxoa then dropped him again on the climb to the col de l'Aubisque and rode alone through the col du Soulor with nine minutes' lead as he reached the foot of the Hautacam. He paid for his earlier efforts on the hors categorie but held on to finish with 42 seconds advantage Lance Armstrong.
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.
Paralympics cycling career
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 (CP 3) at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, for riding too close behind his opponent, Darren Kenny, who had overtaken him. Kenny stated that he was disappointed by this as he would have liked to compete against Otxoa in the final.
- General Classification Circuito Montañés
- 13th Tour de France
- 1st Stage 10
- 2nd Mountains classification
- 1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
- 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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- "Cycling Memorials – Ricardo and Javier Otxoa". Daily Peloton. 2003-09-25.
- "Three Paralympics Golds for GB". Velodrome.org.uk. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
- "Paralympics 2008 - Track Day 1". British Cycling. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-09-08.[dead link]
- "Athlete Biography - OCHOA Javier". Beijing Olympics official website.