CHRIS Latham is targeting a flying start to life with ONE Pro Cycling after starting his road season with a strong road race at the Commonwealth Games.

The Bolton rider finished 26th on Currumbin beachfront and was left lamenting cramp that ruled him out of the final bunch sprint.

Australia’s Steele von Hoff, who previously rode for Latham’s new team, won gold as Wales’ Jon Mould took silver and bronze went to South Africa’s Clint Hendricks.

Latham, aged 24, won a bronze medal in the men’s scratch race at the Anna Meares Velodrome last weekend but was unsure of his road form coming into Saturday’s race.

He was pleased with his day’s work, though, and looking forward to the spring races at home.

“The race was okay but I started getting cramp on the last two laps, my heart rate started going up and I was cramping,” said the Breightmet man.

“Then I got spat on the last climb so I couldn’t make it for the finish.

“If I wasn’t cramping then I hope I would’ve been in with a shot at the finish, at least been in the mix. I would’ve hoped to have done all right.

“I was feeling okay. I was getting over the climb every time but just not the last one.

“I can’t complain with the Commonwealths as a whole, I got a medal so I’m happy with that.”

Formerly of Team Wiggins, Latham won the opening round of the Spring Cup Series of domestic races last season.

With the first round of the series taking place while he is still in Australia he will not be able to match that achievement but is still hopeful of repeating one result from 2017.

“I’m in a new team this year and I want to make a good impression so hopefully that was okay,” he added.

“I got round. I wasn’t sure how it would go, to be honest, I’ve not done a road race for a while but I’m looking forward to getting on the road with them.

“I think my first race back home will be the Klondike GP, I won that last year so I’ll be trying to do that again and see how it goes. I’ll need some anti-cramp things for a start!”