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Bradley Wiggins targets Vuelta time trial as preparation for World Championships

Performance in Spain and Copenhagen will also help Team Sky rider gauge TDF recovery ahead of London 2012

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins has revealed that he plans to use the Stage 10 individual time trial in the Vuelta as a rehearsal for next month’s world championships in Copenhagen, and that it will also help him assess his likely recovery in 12 months' time between the Tour de France and the time trial at the London Olympics.

Wiggins has recovered from the broken collarbone he sustained when he crashed out of the Tour de France last month on Stage 7, and will lead Team Sky in the Spanish Grand Tour, which starts a week tomorrow with a team time trial in Benidorm. It will be Wiggins’ first participation in the race.

Lining up alongside Wiggins, according to the Team Sky provisional squad list released by the British outfit yesterday, will be Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Thomas Lofkvist, Morris Possoni, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Xabier Zandio.

Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Jeremy Hunt and Lars-Petter Nordhaug have been named as reserves.

The Vuelta will see Wiggins race his final time trial, for the next 12 months at least, in the national champion’s colours.

“When I got to do the Vuelta, it meant I couldn’t defend my title at the British championship for time trial”, the 31-year-old explained.

The Stage 10 individual time trial in the Vuelta takes place in Salamanca on 29 August, with the British national championship taking place five days later.

“I’m going to go into the Vuelta 100 per cent and get everything I can out of it”, he added.

“For me it’s about going in there, battling through the three weeks and seeing what I come out with.

“And then from the end of the Vuelta to the World Time Trial Championships, it is pretty much the same amount of time from the Tour de France next year to the Olympic time trial,” he added.

“So it is a good opportunity to go through that whole dress rehearsal for next year and see where I stand after a three week tour and how I back up for a big event like the Worlds.”

During that individual time trial at the Vuelta, Wiggins will be up against two of the best riders in the discipline – four time world champion Fabian Cancellara of Leopard Trek, and HTC-Highroad’s Tony Martin, who has twice finished third in the world championships behind the Swiss rider.

Britain’s David Millar, who took silver behind Cancellara in Geelong last year, will be missing from the Vuelta, however – his wife is expecting their first child.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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