Quantcast Spanish Cycling Champ Struggles To Gain Celiac Diagnosis | NFCA
Skip Navigation Links

Spanish Cycling Champ Struggles To Gain Celiac Diagnosis

This blog is proudly sponsored by: Blue Diamond Almonds

Share |




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.

  • Have you or your family members been diagnosed?
    Complete our celiac disease symptoms checklist today to find out if you are at risk of having celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity').  We can help improve your quality of life!
  • Stay Informed!
    Join our monthly newsletter to receive news, updates, and tips for healthy gluten-free living and information about celiac disease. Sign-up for the monthly e-mail newsletter