Former Movistar pro opens up about suicide attempts

Now retired Gutierrez says he's speaking about his issues to help others who suffer

Ivan Gutierrez at the 2014 Tour Down Under (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Former Movistar cyclist and Spanish champion Iván Gutiérrez says that he was plagued by depression and tried to kill himself 11 times.

Gutiérrez began with team ONCE and switched to IBanesto, which became team Movistar, in 2002. He rode 15 Grand Tours, the final ones in 2013, when his depression worsened.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.