- Place: Varea (Logroño)
- Birth: 01/01/1994
- Country: ESP
- Height: 169 Cm
- Weight: 60 Kg
- Pro debut: 2013
- Years in team: 1
- Career path:
2019: Movistar Team
2019: Movistar Team
A CALL TO THE ELITE. Sheyla Gutiérrez left many glimpses of brilliance throughout her first season with the Movistar Team. The allrounder from Varea in La Rioja, northern Spain, made the group managed by Sebastián Unzué and Jorge Sanz dream of a big success in the northern classics with her 5th spot at Dwars door Vlaanderen. She then went on to performances so far never seen from her in the mountains at the Bira, where she took 4th place at two finishes. A podium result at the GP Plumelec (3rd) was followed by a national time trial title in Yecla (Murcia). And all of that, combined with a good finish to her season -7th at the GP Beghelli-, makes the Blues feel like 2019 is just the prelude to a 2020 which should see her claiming the spot she deserves at the top of the sport.
LEAVING BAD MOMENTS BEHIND – FOR GOOD. Even if exceptional at times, the Spaniard’s season in her maiden year with the Telefónica-backed squad didn’t see her reach her real best. A setback at her belowed Ronde van Vlaanderen and several health issues during the second half of the season made more difficult for Gutiérrez to keep the front, having also struggled in 2018 due to a road incident in June. Finding stability with her health and getting back to that brilliance is the main goal for the Rioja native, who dreams about earning one of the two spots with the Spanish national team for the Tokyo Olympics.
QUEEN OF THE SPANISH PALMARÈS. The Varea native has brought Spanish women’s cycling some of its most exciting results during the seven seasons she’s spent as pro, the earliest three with Lointek (2013-2015) and then another three with Cylance Pro Cycling (2016-2018). The last three years have seen her claim most of her UCI victories: a stage in the Giro Rosa (2017), the Belgian Le Samyn classic (2017), two international stageraces in China -the Tour of Zhoushan Island and the Panorama Guizhou Road Race, both in 2018- and the 2017 Spanish road race Championships in Soria, as well as the GP Morbihan in 2015 while still part of Lointek.
Known as ‘La Leona’ or ‘Hippie Lion’ (an English-language reminiscence of her three-year stay in the American squad Cylance, now defunct), Sheyla has a very distinctive facet away from cycling. She’s studying Psychology and Childhood Education, a choice made because of her love for children – she often defines herself as “just another little girl.”
Learning about the development of emotions in little children has also helped her throughout her professional racing career. Sheyla often explains it’s important to know well that non-verbal language in order to integrate yourself into a group. The brain’s behaviour is of great interest for her, and she’s willing to devote herself to special education when she retires from cycling.