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by Mark Zalewski
January 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.
Former Movistar pro Iván Gutiérrez was interviewed on Spanish radio and shared his personal story of battling depression, which included eleven suicide attempts after his cycling career ended. He is now dealing with is condition and said he is improving since retiring.
Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar) pictured during the team presentation of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under.
During the interview with Cadena Copa he said the low point came during the 2013 Tour de France.
“In the Pyrenees I left with a nervous breakdown from the Tour. I was totally panicked and wanted to ride off course … and end my life.”
He also said he made several attempts to take his own life; eleven in total. “I swallowed all the pills than I had in the house.”
One of the ways he is dealing with his condition is by consulting with a local professional football club. “Sport is the best antidepressant. It has already been a while since I’ve had a bad day. This collaboration improves my health.”
Click through to read more at Cadena Copa.