Roulston leaves Discovery

Incident-hit Kiwi rider Hayden Roulston has left the Discovery Channel team saying he "wants to do s

Incident-hit Kiwi rider Hayden Roulston has left the Discovery Channel team saying he "wants to do s

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The Discovery Channel team have announced that Kiwi Hayden Roulston has left the team after requesting to be released from his contract. Roulston was one of 12 riders set to take part in the team's annual December training camp in Austin at the beginning of December, but contacted team manager Johan Bruyneel with a request to leave.

"Although it was me who asked to leave the team, it was still a very hard and emotional decision to make," Roulston said. "The team has been nothing but supportive through this very difficult year and I thank them for that. It's truly a great team with amazing directors, great support staff and some of the best riders in the world. It was a special feeling being involved this year and it's something I will miss and never forget."

"I respect Hayden's honesty and appreciate him reaching out to me," said Bruyneel. "We all wish him the best."

Roulston endured an injury-prone season in 2005 and was unable to make a significant contribution to the team for much of the campaign. Last month, the New Zealander was convicted of disorderly behaviour after becoming involved in a brawl outside a bar in October. He was convicted on a similar charge last year.

Speaking to a New Zealand radio station, Roulston denied that his decision had anything to do with his recent court case. "I've just decided I want to do something different," he told NewstalkZB. "I want to do what makes me happy. Hopefully I'm going to ride in America with an American team and maybe come back and start riding the track again."

Roulston said he wanted to gain selection for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team for Melbourne in March.

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