TEAM Wales rider Amy Roberts was happy to end her Glasgow 2014 campaign on a high with a creditable 13th place in the women’s road race, writes Andrew Penman.
The Scottish rain was falling hard by the end and Carmarthen youngster Roberts, who lives and trains in Newport, was the only Welsh rider to finish the race.
England’s Lizzie Armitstead finally claimed gold after silver at Delhi 2010 and London 2012.
She was 25 seconds ahead of teammate Emma Pooley, who won silver in her last race before retirement, with South African Ashleigh Pasio winning a photo finish with Asutralia’s Tiffany Cromwell for bronze.
Roberts, who also finished 13th on the track in the 300m individual pursuit last week, is happy with her Games.
“It was hard work but it was good and I enjoyed it,” said the 19-year-old. “I’m happy to have been in that front group.
“I missed the break but I was happy. The rain got pretty bad at the end. It was pretty horrible but we got through it.
“It was hard for us because we didn’t have the numbers but we all did what we could for each other and I tried my best.
“I wasn’t really aware of where the other girls were until quite late in the race and I turned around and they weren’t there.
“I was surprised but I battled on to the end.
“The whole experience has been amazing and it’s been a really enjoyable Games,” she added.
“Hopefully we can build on this and look towards the next Commonwealths.
“We’re a young squad and there is a lot more to come. Elinor did amazing on the track and hopefully we can all improve again over the next few years.
“Hopefully the future is bright for Welsh cycling.”
Elinor Barker, who won silver and bronze on the track, and fellow Team Wales riders Katie Curtis and Hayley Jones all failed to finish.
“Not my day,” said Barker on Twitter. “Sad to end an amazing commie games on a bit of a low but I wouldn't change any of it, going home happy.”
Gold medal winner Armitstead said: “It was pretty hard out there and to come back from a bad fall last week and win gold here I’m delighted.”