Roulston signs with Cervélo TestTeam

After announcing his retirement two years ago and seemingly entering the cycling wilderness, Hayden...

After announcing his retirement two years ago and seemingly entering the cycling wilderness, Hayden Roulston has made a return to top-level road competition with the Cervélo TestTeam.

The 27-year-old from Christchurch sited health concerns for an early end to his career in August 2006 but made a stunning comeback to international prominence recently by taking silver in the individual pursuit and a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the Beijing Olympics.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of the Cervélo TestTeam," said Roulston. "The goals of the team fit perfectly with my own objectives for the current season - I'm very happy to be a part of this and excited about the future."

Roulston was New Zealand's brightest prospect in 2003, securing a contract with French outfit Cofidis before heading to Discovery Channel in 2005. Disciplinary issues and a heart condition brought his rise to a standstill in 2006, although despite the time off he managed to become the New Zealand national road race champion that year.

His biggest success to date is as back-to-back winner of the Tour of Wellington and Tour of Southland (2006 and 2'07), and in 2008 he won the UCI's Oceania Tour title.

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