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Hayden Roulston wins New Zealand road championship

HTC-Highroad's Hayden Roulston launched a solid attack and soloed in to victory in New Zealand's national road championships on Sunday.

Roulston scores his second national road title since 2006.
Roulston scores his second national road title since 2006.

HTC-Highroad’s Hayden Roulston launched a solid attack and soloed in to victory in New Zealand’s national road championships on Sunday.

Roulston crossed the line in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Christchurch with a comfortable 29-second advantage over Greg Henderson and Jeremy Yates for the second national road title of his career.

“I had to put in a lot of hard work today, but it all paid off at the end,” Roulston said. “Fortunately I’m in really good shape and I was able to stay away right til the end.

“Wearing the national champion’s jersey will be a big boost to my morale all the way through the 2011 season.”

Roulston staged a spectacular comeback in the 186-kilometer race by bridging across to a group of 12 leaders, attacking with talented young rider Michael Vink with two laps to go, then taking off on his own.

“It was never going to be straightforward but I calculated my strength well and made sure I had enough energy for the last part,” Roulston noteded. “This is a very emotional win for me.”

Roulston won his only other Kiwi road title in 2006.