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Collision with car puts Hayden Roulston in doubt for Paris-Roubaix

HTC-Highroad rider finished tenth last year but may be forced to miss Sunday's race...

HTC-Highroad rider Hayden Roulston, who finished tenth in Paris-Roubaix last year, looks like missing this year’s race which takes place on Sunday after being hit by a car at the end of a training ride near his home in Girona, Spain.

Although the 30-year-old, who was beaten by Bradley Wiggins in the individual pursuit at the Beijing Olympics, did not suffer any broken bones in the incident at the weekend, he is undergoing medical checks and suffered injuries to his left shoulder and his lower back.

"We just didn't see each other," said Roulston, quoted on the NZ Herald website. “We were both going slow which was probably a good thing. I was seconds from home."

The accident is an added disruption to the cyclist’s season. Last month, he pulled out of the Tirreno-Adriatico after two stages due to illness.

"It's been a disappointing and really frustrating three weeks," he confessed. "But I know things can only improve and I'll know more about the extent of the injuries after another visit to the doctor.

"Being sick recently means I have lost some condition which meant racing this week was important to find some race legs and rhythm for Roubaix. I really was on the way back to good form after recent challenges and was really looking forward to this weekend."

Roulston, who won silver in the men’s road race at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last autumn, had planned to meet up with colleagues on Thursday ahead of his participation in the race nicknamed ‘the Hell of the North’ before returning to his native New Zealand on a break.

His schedule then envisages him undertaking high altitude raining in Boulder, Colorado prior to the Tour of California in May.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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