Roulston wins silver in road race

4:37 pm on 11 October 2010

New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulston shrugged off the effects of the flu to win a silver medal in the 168km men's road race at the Commonwealth Games.

Without a specialist sprinter, the six-strong New Zealand team rode a smart race to split the field to try to kill off the sprinters' hopes.

Eventually Australian Allan Davis was the only sprinter left in the leading group and he outkicked Roulston right on the line. Scotland's David Millar was third.

Roulston says he'd been ill over the past couple of days with flu symptoms and contemplated not competing in the race.

He has previously won two Commonwealth Games and two Olympic cycling medals on the track.

Roulston's silver is New Zealand's 10th cycling medal of the games.

Earlier, Joanne Kiesanowski finished fourth in the women's road race.