Bradley Wiggins (Sky) has confirmed that he will be missing out on the World Championships this September whilst the Commonwealth Games time trial – as he had first said in February – is definitely on the Briton’s agenda for October.

“I’m still doing the Commonwealth time trial but I’m not doing the World’s,” Wiggins said during an interview on Friday.

“You’d have to go out [to Australia] a good chunk [of time] in advance and I just don’t fancy it.”

Wiggins rode the World Championships time trial last year, but a mechanical incident wrecked his chances of a medal.

A definitive decision on the Sky rider’s participation in the Tour of Britain has yet to be made.

As for his first participation in Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday Wiggins did his pre-race reconnaissance on Thursday, saying afterwards “I’ve watched it loads of times of TV, but it was great to go up La Redoute in the flesh at last and see it just how difficult it actually is.”

“The bit of the route before La Redoute is a bit easier than in other years, though so there’ll be more riders at the foot of the climb and that’ll make it harder still.”

“I’m looking forward to it, I want to help out with [Sky team-mate] Simon [Gerrans] and Thomas [Lovkvist] as a supporting role for our leaders here.”

“In any case I’m better than I was at this time last year, going into the Giro. And just being in these races like Fleche and Liege, though, is really something.”

The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Dehli, India, over October 3-14.

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  • rivetman

    Right on Baz. Little chance of Cancellara turning up in India and ‘Commonwealth Champion’ is right up there with winning free Panini stickers. My advice Brad? End the season on the Champs Elysees and get on the sherbet for 6 months.

  • Baz

    Decisions, decisions, eh, Brad? I can see where you’re coming from on this one, though; the Commonwealths is a very prestigeous event and unlike Australia there’ll be no need to give up “a chunk of time” for acclimatisation. It might be a bit warmish but just turn up and ride should do it. This will surely help the Tour of Britain / Vuelta dilemma, too. If you’re not doing the Worlds there’s no need to flog round Spain for three weeks, is there? Sorted!