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.