Geraint Thomas hopes the predictability of the time trial at Birmingham 2022 will stand him in good stead as he bids for Commonwealth glory.
The 2018 Tour de France winner claimed bronze in the time trial at Glasgow 2014 after finishing behind England's Alex Dowsett and closest rival rival Rohan Dennis of Australia and knows Thursday's race could be his best chance of taking home a medal for Wales.
The 36-year-old, who did not compete at Gold Coast 2018 due to a clash with his Tour de France schedule, looks set for a 37km shoot-out against the clock with two-time world champion Dennis at West Park.
What an honour to carry our flag in the #Birmingham2022 opening ceremony. Thanks to @tesnievans for taking most/all of the weight 🤣💪 And what about our suits eh... 💅🐉 Let's get this show on the road @TeamWales👌 pic.twitter.com/dzfRQMcyxa— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 29, 2022
Thomas said: "The TT is my best chance of getting a medal. It's a lot more predictable."
The Welshman, who finished fourth in the time trial on the penultimate stage of this year's Tour de France, forgot to take off his gilet before the short opening stage in Denmark in a move that cost him seconds.
But he vowed to remember to take off his extra layer of clothing - and hopes his team radio is in good working order - as the men's individual time trial gets under way just after noon on Thursday, before he takes part in Sunday's road race.
The Glasgow 2014 road race champion added: "There’s no tactics in the TT.
The TT is my best chance of getting a medal. It's a lot more predictable
"I just need to take the gilet off and hope the radio works, which mine didn't after about one kilometre on the Tour."
Dennis is Australia's most experienced rider as he competes in his third Commonwealth Games and will not make it an easy ride for Thomas.
England's Fred Wright is also one to keep an eye on after he came close to securing a maiden win on stage 13 of the Tour de France last month.
Australia's Grace Brown is favourite for gold in the women's 29km time trial after she missed out on a medal at the Tokyo Olympics by just seven seconds.
At the 2020 World Championships, Brown finished fifth in the race against the clock and heads into Thursday's contest at West Park fresh from finishing 20th overall at the Tour de France Femmes.
Thomas' Wales team-mate Elinor Barker is also in action in the women's event which begins at 10am as the Olympic, two-time world and six-time European Team Pursuit champion battles for success in Birmingham.