By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2001
Spanish cyclist Javier Otxoa left intensive care on Saturday after being run over on February 15 in an accident that killed his twin brother, the Spanish sports daily Marca reported.
The 26-year-old Otxoa has lost 44 pounds and is still unable to move his legs. He has been communicating with his family by writing notes and has apparently been asking for his brother Ricardo, disbelieving his family’s assurances that Ricardo has been in another ward of the hospital. Javier Otxoa won the 10th stage of the 2000 Tour de France, after a long solo breakaway effort.
The two brothers, members of the Kelme team, were on a training ride near the southern Spanish city of Magla when they were hit by a car driven by a man who had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel.