Sir Bradley Wiggins will race in the Tour of Poland and Tour of Britain before setting his sights on success at the World Time Trial Championships as he bids to salvage his season.
Wiggins, 33, will not defend his Tour de France title this summer after a knee injury and yesterday hinted he may never ride in a Grand Tour again after his hopes of winning the Giro d'Italia were ended by a chest infection earlier this year.
His Tour and Olympic double of last year seem like a long time ago with Wiggins training in Majorca while this year's 100th running of the Tour gets under way next week, but the Team Sky rider has set himself new targets for his comeback.
"I'm injury free now," he said on the Team Sky website. "It took a while but we got to the bottom of it and I've just started an intensive six-week block now which will take me through to the end of July. All being well, I'll make my comeback at the Tour of Poland.
"My main focus for the rest of this year is the World Time Trial Championships at the end of September. I'll be riding the Tour of Britain before that as preparation and I'm really pleased about that.
"The Tour of Britain is getting bigger every year and the crowds that come there make it a lovely race to compete in.
"We had looked at the possibility of riding the Vuelta a Espana instead, but the Tour of Britain was too much of a call for me. I love riding that race and I'd like to do well in it."
Wiggins, who has long enjoyed success in time-trials, has never claimed the world title and will make the championships in Florence his top priority.
"I've always wanted to wear the rainbow jersey," he said. "When I won the time trial at the Olympics last year I thought to myself 'I'd love to add the world title to that'. I'm under no illusions though, it's not going to be easy.
"Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara are two of the greatest time triallists of all time and it's going to take a lot of effort to be up there with them. I'm really keen to put the work in for that over the next few months and this is something that I've always wanted to do."
More Tour de France news
Full TV schedule
See the 2013 race route in detail
Follow ITV Cycling on Twitter