Wiggins ready to go for gold
Sir Bradley Wiggins is raring to go ahead of Wednesday's elite men's time-trial at the Road World Championships in Italy.
A road gold medal is one of the few palmares Wiggins is missing in his career, with his best performance so far a silver in the time-trial in 2011 in Copenhagen.
On that occasion he was beaten by Tony Martin, and it is the German who goes into the race as favourite after defending his title last year in Valkenburg.
But Wiggins is not looking at the performances of any of his rivals, who also include Fabian Cancellara and British team-mate Alex Dowsett, preferring to focus on his own form, which looked much better last week as he took overall victory in the Tour of Britain.
"I was lucky to get out on the course behind one of the Irish riders and follow him for most of it. If I was going to design a course it would have been this one. The weather's good and I am looking forward to it," Wiggins said.
"It suits Tony more so than Fabian but they might not be the biggest challengers tomorrow. At the end of the day you have just got to go out, put your ride together and see where that gets you.
"You can't account how they are going to recover from the team time-trial on Sunday or they may have a terrible day. The only person I am worrying about is myself, just putting that ride together that I have done in the past.
"We've planned this a long time. We've known exactly what we were going to be doing after the Tour of Britain. Everyone doubted what we did at the Tour last year and that worked. We know where we are and tomorrow is when all the propaganda is done and we see what the result is.
"The rest of this week will define how good this season has been. It's a great platform for next year. Things happen for a reason and you learn from them and come back stronger."
Wiggins is expected to play a part in helping Chris Froome in the elite road race on Sunday but he says specifics of the team's strategy are yet to be decided.
He added: "I think we'll find out on Saturday what the roles are and what the strategy is but like for Mark Cavendish two years ago, they will have a meeting.
"Rod (Ellingworth) and the guys will have an idea of what everyone is going to do but most of the time it's trying to get as far into the race as possible where you can be a help. That will probably be the same on Sunday."