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For years Iván Gutiérrez was one of the most familiar faces in Spanish cycling. A multiple national time trial and road race winner, he also took races such as stages in the Eneco Tour and Vuelta a Murcia and worked as a domestique for Movistar. However, as time passed he was more and more affected by depression and anxiety. He talks about that battle in Soigneur, and explains how working in another sport has helped him to gradually return to health.
Here’s an excerpt.
Four years after that Tour de France, Iván is on the way to overcoming a depression so severe that it not only ended his career, but almost cost him his life. Eleven times. After his abandonment on the Tour, he started to figure out what was happening to him; this wasn’t his first time. “You have to hide it. If someone has cancer it’s newsworthy and everyone feels bad for them, but no one feels bad for someone who’s depressed, people usually just want us out of the way.”
During the 2014 season, he withdrew from the Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice, Tour de Flandes, Circuit de la Sarthe, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liége and ended his career in August when he abandoned in the seventh stage of the Eneco Tour, a race he won in 2007 and 2008.
“I was in agony. My self-esteem was extremely low; I had no energy, chronic fatigue and apathy. You can’t race in those conditions. And no one asked me what was wrong. Everyone thought it had to do with my age.” Although he wanted to compete again in Canada in September, the team doctor, Jesús Hoyos, recommended he focus on taking care of himself. He never wore a number again.
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