Hayden Roulston's Giro d'Italia was over before it even started. The New Zealander was slated to take part in this year's race, but due to a foot injury, the 28-year-old will not line up next to his Cervélo TestTeam teammate and Tour de France Champion Carlos Sastre. He was replaced by Briton Daniel Lloyd.
The injury, sustained in a recent crash, flared up over the past several days according to TVNZ. However, Roulston is trying to look at the bright side. He said that he knows the season is long and will shift his focus to a more definite plan for the Tour de France.
Lloyd was happy to get the call up by the team. "It's long been my ambition to ride the Grand Tours and this is really exciting," said Lloyd "The Giro has been the big target for me this year but after I picked up a virus going into the Ardennes classics it looked like I would be sitting this one out."