Cylance Pro Cycling achieved its first National Champion of the year as Sheyla Gutiérrez wins the Spanish National Championships road race. It was an emotional win for Sheyla as she crossed the line for an emphatic win.
Having won the U23 title for two years, and finishing 3rd in the elites previously, Sheyla was overjoyed to be crowned national champion. Sheyla also finished a strong 3rd place in the Spanish National Time Trial Championships. This is Sheyla’s second win of the year after a strong start to the season at the Spring Classics, but a win she will be reminded of every time she lines up wearing her nation’s national championship jersey at every road race.
“I’m really happy with this title. honestly, I think I really deserved it” explains Sheyla. “I reach a very high level in the first part of the season but I was crossing a tough moment recently and I was not in good shape. This give me courage again to keep working and achieve again the level.”
“The course really suited my abilities, with a final one kilometre hill that was ideal for a rider with a good kick like me,” said the winner in the aftermath of the race. “I was on a really bad streak but luckily I have been able to overcome everything and triumph”
After winning Le Samyn Dames earlier this year, Sheyla proved her consistency through the season as she worked tirelessly for the team. Man Lacambra, Director Sportif, took note of Sheyla’s potential as a rider for many years and has been dedicated to the development of the team. “I am very proud of Sheyla and all her hard work” says Manel. “This is only the beginning of what she is capable of, and I am happy the team has supported young riders like her to keep getting better.”
Sheyla dedicated the victory to her aunt, who had been suffering from some health issues which made Sheyla rush home from the races to attend to her family. “This victory is for my aunt Begoña. I’m so glad she is alive and well to see me win this,” she said with a tear in her eye. Sheyla’s first race in her new championship colors will be at the Giro Rosa, where she will be joining 6 of her other teammates for the iconic 10 day race through Italy.
Giro Rosa Roster:
Sheyla Gutiérrez (ESP)
Kirsten Wild (NED)
Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA)
Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)
Rossella Ratto (ITA)
Malgorzata Jasinska (POL)
Dani King (GBR)