Former Discovery Channel rider Hayden Roulston, 24, has signed with Health Net-Maxxis for the 2006 season, joining fellow New Zealander Greg Henderson at the US squad, according to stuff.co.nz. Roulston joins the team following his resignation from Discovery which came after he was convicted of disorderly behaviour in October.
After spending most of the season recovering from injury, Roulston was looking forward to 2006 before his unexpected resignation from the Discovery Channel team. He'll now ride the Tour of California in February, which Health Net will surely go into as one of the favourites. He'll also begin competition on the track next month, looking to compete at the Commonwealth Games. According to national coach Terry Gyde, Roulston is "definitely interested in the track," being "focused and ready to go". Roulston has also said the world championships and 2008 Beijing Olympics are goals he hopes to achieve.