Fabian Cancellara has confirmed he will not take part in the 2013 Tour De France.
The RadioShack Leopard rider - who is in action at the Tour De Suisse - revealed on Saturday that the World Championships would be his main objective for this season.
"My ambitions now are for later in the season, for the World championships. Because of this I won't be part of the Tour de France this time," he told the team's website.
"I will have another programme. That's why I can now follow other goals. You have to go to races 100% motivated and that's why I'm looking forward to the Tour of Austria, Poland, the Vuelta and to be 100% fresh for Worlds.
"I don't do things when I'm not ready. I said to the team that we have enough other strong and motivated riders to challenge for the Tour.
"I wanted to try something different from the past few years. I need to be mentally fresh for these new goals. I know the team needs me and I need the team.
"The Tour always gave me a lot. My first big experience was in 2004 when I won the prologue and I'm still the record holder for most days in yellow without winning the Tour."