CUÁNTO MERECE UNA NUEVA ALEGRÍA. The blows Sheyla Gutiérrez was hurt with in the 18 months following the first wave of the pandemic would discourage anyone to keep trying – yet if there’s something which the Spaniard doesn’t do, is surrender, because of her enourmous grit and determination. A blood pressure complication, in the autumn of 2020, and a really hard crash in Morbihan -lost consciousness; received lots of stitches, and even suffered some fever and illness due to that-, a year later, prevented the woman from Varea, Logroño in La Rioja to get back to winning ways after her last success in the 2020 La Périgord. Between those, however, she felt competitive again, with three stage podium finishes in Valencia, a 3rd in the Ardèche opener and a 12th overall -with four top-ten results- at The Women’s Tour, just before her crash in France.
QUEEN OF THE SPANISH PALMARÈS. The Varea native has brought Spanish women’s cycling some of its most exciting results during the nine 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 five years have seen her claim most of her UCI victories: other than La Périgord and the 2019 Spanish TT Champs, she’s notched up 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.
HER MIND ALWAYS ON SUPPORTING OTHERS. Known as ‘La Leona’ or ‘Hippie Lion’ (an English-language reminiscence of her three-year stay in Cylance, 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.” She doesn’t even rule out devoting her future career to Special Education and helping kids with different needs, once competitive cycling is over for her.
2019-21: Movistar Team