Het is vandaag al vijftien jaar geleden dat de 21-jarige Baskische wielrenner Julen Goikoetxea zelfmoord heeft gepleegd.
Goikoetxea started his international career in 2004 as a member of the Alfus Tedes Garbialdi team. In his first two seasons he won five races. UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi acknowledged his talent and contracted him for the 2007 season. Despite his success as a cyclist, he began to suffer from depression. He tried to kill himself several times before doctors took care of his health. As a result, he did not cycle any races since May 2006. On 7 October 2006 he committed suicide by jumping off his balcony.
(met dank aan John De Schepper en Wikipedia)