Spanish Cycling Champ Struggles To Gain Celiac Diagnosis

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11/18/2011

 

In an interview with VeloNews this week, pro cyclist José Ivan Gutiérrez chronicled his struggle to gain a celiac diagnosis.

Gutiérrez, who won Eneco tours in 2007-08 and the Spanish national road title in 2010, went winless in 2011. Following one of his worst seasons to date, the three-time Spanish national time-trial champion on Movistar underwent a battery of testing to identify the cause of persistent health problems that had plagued him throughout year.

“Now that I eliminated products such as wheat and oats, I feel perfect again. It was something very simple, but the hard part was figuring out what it was.”

Armed with a diagnosis, Gutiérrez is putting his disappointing 2011 season behind him, and setting his sights on some ambitious goals.

“Now that I know what was ailing me, I feel very motivated for next season,” he said. “I want to win a stage as soon as possible and to return to my best level for the time trials. I want to help my team in the Tour de France and enter the Olympics in London with the national team.”

Click here to read: Gutiérrez hopes for better luck in 2012 with gluten-free diet.


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