Australian cycling star Cadel Evans will return to competition next week in Canada as he tries to regain form ahead of the world road titles.
Evans has not raced since last month's Tour de France, where his form deserted him and he finished 39th.
It was his worst finish at the race and came at the end of a tough 12 months for the 2011 Tour champion.
In May, Evans finished an outstanding third at the Giro d'Italia, but he was unable to back up two months later for another three-week Grand Tour.
Evans is now keen to end the season on a strong note at the world road championships, to be held late next month in Florence, Italy.
The 2009 world road race champion is in the Australian elite men's squad for the world titles and the Florence course suits his strengths.
Evans is in a men's squad of 17, which will be reduced to a final team of nine on September 14.
He will start his worlds buildup from September 3 at the six-day Tour of Alberta.
"I was very fatigued after this year's Tour de France, so I took some time to rest at home with my family," he said in a BMC team statement.
"Now I'm back into a serious phase of training to be ready for the final part of the season.
"The training has been coming along (and) from where I was at the end of July, I have made a lot of progress.
"After such a break from competition, I will need some racing kilometres in my legs to be at a competitive level."
After the Tour of Alberta, Evans will race on September 13 at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and two days later at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.
Evans hopes to go for a stage result towards the end of the Tour of Alberta and then be competitive at the two one-day races.
"These are two races which I have wanted to do for sometime," he said.
"Finally, this year it's possible for me to participate.
"In both Quebec and Montreal I intend to be at a level that will allow me to go for a result."