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New Zealand Road Championships 2011 2011

Date range:
January 7- 9, 2011

January 09, Elite Women Road Race: 186km

Roulston takes emotional solo win in Christchurch

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January 09, 2011, 11:33 GMT,
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Elite men’s podium Greg Henderson, Hayden Roulston and Jeremy Yates.

Elite men’s podium Greg Henderson, Hayden Roulston and Jeremy Yates.

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Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Hayden Roulston made the start to the racing season he had hoped for by winning his second RaboDirect New Zealand national road race championship in Christchurch on Sunday.

"It's a very emotional win for me," Roulston said. "I feel like I did a lot of the hard work today."

The HTC Colombia professional reckons he is in the leanest and best shape of his life and needed all his stamina to beat arguably the classiest field ever assembled in the event's 77-year history.

After trailing a breakaway group that grew to about a dozen riders past the halfway stage on the 186km course by around five minutes, Roulston embarked on a solo chase.

His affinity with the arduous Dyers Pass Road hill climb enabled him to make inroads on the pacesetters who included RadioShack professional and world pursuit medallist Jesse Sergent (Feilding), Roman van Uden (Pure Black Racing) and Tasman's 1996 champion Robin Reid.

With two laps to go, Roulston encouraged last year's pacesetter Christchurch's Michael Vink to join him on a breakaway and he would guide him to the line. Vink, who joins Lance Armstrong's Trek Livestrong development team this year, eventually finished fourth overall and claimed the coveted Under 23 champion's jersey.

"He's one of the brightest riding hopes in the country, and he's proved it again this year," Roulston said of the 19-year-old.

Roulston finished in a time of four hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds, with Melbourne-based Team Sky professional Greg Henderson second and Jeremy Yates (Team Mico Revolution) third, both 29 seconds behind.

Roulston said he needed to be in great shape because "there's always a huge weight of expectation on me racing in New Zealand".

He said the biggest payoff is the chance to wear the champion's national jersey on the ProTour around the globe for the next 12 months, starting in a few days time with the Tour Down Under in South Australia.

Henderson, who will also race in Tour Down Under, made a bold showing, peeling off from the peloton with two laps to go to chase down Roulston.

"I was making some time on the flat but I was getting tagged off on the climb. I was lucky (Tim) Gudsell, (Jack) Bauer and (Jeremy) Yates came with me and we unloaded about 15 other guys.

"But Roly's in terrific condition, and the best man won today."

Yates, who went into the race feeling off-colour from a sore throat, said a win had not been within his reach so it was fantastic to finish third.

"It was a messy race and there were panic stations in the pack, but I kept my cool."

The event was held in warm, breezy conditions, and organisers were thrilled with the turnout with supporters packing every vantage point, especially on the hill climb.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Hayden Roulston 4:43:29  
2 Gregory Henderson 0:00:29  
3 Jeremy Yates    
4 Tim Gudsell 0:00:52  
5 Robin Reid 0:03:46  
6 Sam Bewley 0:05:22  
7 Jesse Sergent 0:05:23  
8 Jack Bauer 0:05:25  
9 Roman Van Uden 0:08:57  
10 Michael Northey    
11 Matt Sillars 0:09:49  
12 Scott Lyttle    
13 Justin Kerr    
14 Peter Latham    
15 Julian Dean    
16 Andy Hagen 0:12:23  
17 Eliot Crowther 0:16:30  
DNF Mark Langlands    
DNF Joseph Cooper    
DNF Brad Carter    
DNF Ryan Wills    
DNF Matt Robinson    
DNF Daniel Molyneux    
DNF Jason Allen    
DNF Gary Carleton    
DNF Clinton Avery    
DNF Marc Ryan    
DNF Greg Taylor    
DNF Chris Kendall    
DNF Ben Olesen    
DNF James Early    
DNF Brock Roberts    
DNF Brad Tilby    
DNF David Ayre    
DNF Chris Nicholson    
DNF Nick Rice    
DNF Jeremy Vennell    
DNF Logan Mort    
DNF Andrew Widdup    
DNF Shem Rodger    
DNF Richard Rollinson    
DNF Johnathon Gee    
DNF Mike Crawford    
DNF Ian Smallman    
DNF Mathew Gorter    
DNF Paul Odlin    
DNF Nicholas Lovegrove    
DNF Samuel Horgan    
DNF Westley Gough    
DNF Scott Wilder    
DNF Matt Shallcrass    
Under 23 men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Vink 4:43:59  
2 James Williamson 0:03:49  
3 James Mccoy 0:03:50  
4 George Bennett 0:03:51  
5 Jason Christie 0:09:20  
6 Alexander Ray 0:16:00  
DNF Josh Atkins    
DNF Kieran Hambrook    
DNF Thomas Hubbard    
DNF Nelson Shaw    
DNF Cameron Karwowski    
DNF Darcy Ellerm-Norton    
DNF Brehan Cairns    
DNF Nicholas Hand    
DNF Taylor Gunman    
DNF Ruaraidh Mcleod    
DNF Logan Somers-Edgar    
DNF Mathew Wheatcroft    
DNF Finn Brazier    
DNF Patrick Bevan    
DNF Sean Joyce    
DNF Andrew Van Der Heyden    
DNF Dillon Bennett    
DNF Scott Thomas    
DNF Thomas Delany    
DNF Steven Furminger    
DNF Dan Seagar    
DNF Colin Cornberg    
DNF Andy Mcnab    
DNF Joshua Aldridge    
DNF Sam Lindsay    
DNF Alex Mcgregor    
DNS Thomas Scully    
DNS Louis Crosby