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.