Sir Bradley Wiggins believes he is in good form as he attempts to defend his Tour of Britain title.
If Wiggins can win the Tour of Britain this year he will be the first ever rider to defend his title in the event.
This is the first major race the Briton has raced in for Team Sky since the Tour of California, after being left out of the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana but he is confident he can do well in the British race.
The Team Sky rider believes he has prepared well for the race after winning silver in the Commonwealth Games and hopes he can win the time trial in London.
According to Cycling Weekly, Wiggins said: “I haven’t raced a lot, but I’ve been training intensively since the Commonwealth Games.
“I knew there that I would be doing the Tour of Britain, so all the preparation has been for this, and the 10-day gap to the world championships time trial. Whether I win or not is another thing, but I feel in a better place.
“I’m definitely looking to win, especially with that big time trial in London. If I can just stay close to some of the big GC guys and not lose too much time in bonuses, the ideal situation is to be a couple of seconds back and hopefully take it there.
“It’s a short time trial, but it’s a fast one too. I know that circuit well.”
With a strong Team Sky squad behind him in the Tour of Britain there is no reason why Wiggins can't defend his title, and with there being a time trial on the final stage of the race he has a good chance of finishing in a very high position.
The 2012 Tour de France champion will be up against some tough riders though and it certainly won't be an easy race for him. His main general classification rivals include Lars Boom, Michal Kwiatkowski and Sylvain Chavanel.
Wiggins has made it clear that he wants to ride on the track in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and it is quite possible that the Tour of Britain could be the last race that he races in as a team leader for Sky because he wants to concentrate on track cycling.
“When I was at the Tour of California this year I said I’d never do it [go for an overall race win] again,” he said. “It’s quite hard work leading a bike race.
“The plan this winter is to put weight on, change into the track, and the GC will be out of the window.”