Jávea cy­clists face fur­ther surgery

Bri­ton Scott Gor­don un­der­goes sixth op­er­a­tion and 'can­not see light at the end of the tun­nel' 17 months af­ter a drunk driver killed three of his friends and left him and An­drés Con­tr­eras fight­ing for their lives

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett

SUR­VIVORS of the Oliva cy­clist crash last May which killed three mem­bers of a Jávea triathlon team are still un­der­go­ing surgery for their in­juries – and one of them went un­der knife again this week.

Bri­tish cy­clist Scott Gor­don has just come round from his sixth op­er­a­tion on his fe­mur, which re­fuses to set prop­erly.

He ad­mits he 'can­not see light at the end of the tun­nel' 17 months af­ter the N-332 crash which claimed the lives of Edu Mon­fort Gasent and José An­to­nio Albi, both 28, and Luis Al­berto Con­tr­eras, 53.

But Scott says he tries to keep him­self mo­ti­vated by look­ing at old pho­tos of him­self tak­ing part in triathlons, cy­cle races and cross-coun­try runs.

Luis Al­berto's son An­drés, who was 26 when he lost his fa­ther and two friends, is due for yet an­other op­er­a­tion next month to re­move the pins hold­ing his re­con­structed knee to­gether, but says his bro­ken tibia is heal­ing well.

He had an ap­point­ment with his sur­geon Dr León Villar Bel­trán at Alzira hos­pi­tal on his 28th birth­day this week, and vis­ited the rest of the team whilst there.

An­drés greeted the doc­tors and nurses who saved his life on May 7, 2017 when a drunk driver high on co­caine ploughed into the six Jávea triath­letes, and thanked them for giv­ing him the birth­day he was cel­e­brat­ing.

Al­though the Venezue­laborn cy­clist says he was re­ally re­born last May, when medics brought him round from two car­diac ar­rests.

An­drés' in­spi­ra­tion comes from Span­ish cy­clist Ale­jan­dro Valverde, 38, who smashed up his knee in last year's Tour de France, but who has just be­come world cham­pion.

Of the six, the only cy­clist left un­scathed by the dra­matic smash was Lle­beig Ath­let­ics Club triathlon team leader Jaime Es­cortell, who sur­vived by hurl­ing him­self over the crash bar­rier.

Mavi Sánchez, 29, from Gan­dia – an ice-cream wait­ress at On­dara shop­ping cen­tre – veered right across the road onto the op­po­site hard shoul­der when she was five times over the al­co­hol limit.

She had been drink­ing un­til the minute be­fore she got be­hind the wheel, and had con­sumed large amounts of co­caine on an all-night ben­der.

Mavi spent a year in cus­tody but suc­cess­fully ap­plied for bail.

It was Span­ish Mother's Day in 2017 when two Jávea mums lost their sons and an­other lost her hus­band whilst her own son's life was hang­ing in the bal­ance.

Scott and An­drés shared this photo on so­cial me­dia a year ago when they had both left hos­pi­tal

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