Hayden Roulston

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Hayden Roulston
Hayden Roulston.jpg
Roulston at the 2009 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen.
Personal information
Full name Hayden Roulston
Born (1981-01-10) 10 January 1981 (age 36)
Ashburton, New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2002–2004 Cofidis
2005 Discovery Channel
2006 Health Net–Maxxis
2009 Cervélo TestTeam
2010–2011 Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2015 RadioShack–Nissan[1]
Major wins
Vuelta a España, 1 Stage TTT
Tour de Pologne, 1 Stage
National Road Race Championships (2006, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Tour of Southland (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)

Hayden Roulston, MNZM (born 10 January 1981 in Ashburton) is a former New Zealand professional racing cyclist.[2] He won the silver medal in the men's 4000 m individual pursuit and a bronze medal in the men's 4000 m team pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Roulston was a talented junior rider on both road and track and competed for New Zealand on the track and initially on the road for a club team in France. He turned professional with the French team Cofidis in 2002 where he remained for two seasons before moving to Discovery Channel for 2005. His season with Discovery Channel featured some impressive rides but was interrupted by injury and eventually ended when he resigned after an incident in a Christchurch bar. He attempted to relaunch his professional road career in the US when he signed for Continental Pro team Health Net–Maxxis and began strongly with two top ten stage finishes in the Tour of California beating many big name ProTour regulars. Unfortunately for Roulston his first year at HealthNet ended when a medical examination revealed irregular heart activity and he was advised to stop riding immediately.[4]

Back home in New Zealand he experimented with some alternative remedies and was soon back riding – and winning. Without a contract but still motivated to ride he won the National Road Race title in 2006 and back to back Tour of Southland and Tour of Wellington titles in 2006 and 2007. In addition to the road races he returned to the track and won several titles at the New Zealand and Oceania track championships.

Roulston had invested a six-figure sum with a New Zealand company that failed in October 2007 during the global financial crisis. Roulston confided in Craig Adair, a track cycling gold medallist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, that he was about to pull out of the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics, but Adair and four of his friends decided to provide finance for him during this difficult time, and Roulston continued with his preparations.[5]

Roulston was selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the 2008 World Track Championships in Manchester where he narrowly missed medals in the 4000 m individual pursuit (4th) and Team Pursuit (4th) as well as finishing 9th in the Madison with Greg Henderson. Having performed so strongly in Manchester, he was selected for the Beijing Olympics, where he focused on improving his 4th placed pursuit rides. Former New Zealand track coach Ron Cheatley suggested his best bet will be to drop the Madison and focus on the complementary pursuit events in much the same fashion as Kiwi pursuit rider Sarah Ulmer.[citation needed] Ulmer quit road racing and focused solely on her pursuit preparation before the 2004 Athens Olympics where she went on to smash the world record and take the gold medal in the women's 4000 m individual pursuit.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Roulston won the silver medal in the 4000 m individual pursuit, defeated in the gold medal race by Bradley Wiggins. He also featured as a member of the Bronze medal winning New Zealand team pursuit squad, although he did not race in the qualifying rounds.[6] He came 10th in the Madison with his team mate Greg Henderson.[7]

In September 2008, Roulston announced that he would be riding for Cervélo TestTeam in 2009, with riders including reigning Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre and multiple Tour de France stage winner Thor Hushovd.

In the 2009 Tour of California, Roulston began a perfectly executed lead out to allow team sprinter Thor Hushovd to win Stage 3.[8] In stage 7 Roulston almost won the stage himself after breaking free from a ten-man breakaway that included Fränk Schleck, George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde. Roulston was 2nd after a photo finish with Rinaldo Nocentini.[9] Roulston finished 35th overall.

Roulston came second in the Men's road race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning the silver medal.

In October 2015 Roulston announced his retirement from road racing, having previously revealed that he would make a return to the track with a view to competing in the team pursuit at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[10]

Major results[edit]

1st Team Pursuit Sydney
1st Madison Sydney
2nd Overall Tour of Wellington
1st Stage 2
2nd Individual Pursuit, Sydney
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games, Team Pursuit
1st Stage 7 Tour de Pologne
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World Madison Championships (with Greg Henderson)
2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 3 Tour of Southland
2nd Tour du Doubs
3rd National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
National Track Championships
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG Team pursuit
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Wellington
1st Stages 3, 5 & 6
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Vineyards
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Southland
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 2 McLane Pacific Classic
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games, Points race
1st Oceania Madison Championships
1st Oceania Road Race Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Wellington
1st Stages 1, 4 & 6
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Southland
1st Pegasus Subway Classic
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour des Deux Sevres
1st Prologue
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Southland
Tour of Wellington
1st Stages 4 & 6
Olympic Games
2nd Silver medal.svg Individual pursuit
3rd Bronze medal.svg Team pursuit
3rd Overall Tour de Vineyards
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour of Southland
7th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Southland
1st Stage 1 TTT Vuelta a España
1st Stage 6 Tour of Denmark
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games, 168 km men's Road Race
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
10th Paris–Roubaix
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
Tour of Southland
1st Stages 4 & 8
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Le Race[11]


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  2. ^ "Trek Factory Racing (TFR) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "www.cyclingnews.com - the world centre of cycling". Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Olympics: Hayden Roulston lone rider". Sunday Star Times. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Savage, Jared; Cleaver, Dylan (24 August 2008). "Olympic hero loses life savings". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Transfer news: Roulston retires from road cycling". cyclingnews.com. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Le Race victories for Roulston and Villumsen". Radio New Zealand. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 

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