Cadel Evans (AUS) of BMC Racing (21) before the start of stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge from Durango to Telluride. (Ford McClave-US PRESSWIRE)

PARIS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Cadel Evans will miss the cycling world championships this month after he ended his season because of a painful knee, his team BMC said on Tuesday.

“Cadel Evans will not compete again (for) the remainder of the 2012 season in order to rest a sore right knee that forced his withdrawal from the USA Pro Challenge last month,” BMC said in a statement.

The 2009 world champion and 2011 Tour de France winner, who finished seventh in July far behind winner Bradley Wiggins, has no major injury but decided not to put next season at risk.

“I wanted to come back and race this year but it could possibly compromise my 2013. At this point, we can’t afford to do that,” Evans was quoted as saying.

The 35-year-old Australian was supposed to race in Quebec and Montreal this week, then at the Lombardia Tour.

The world championship men’s road race take place on Sept. 23 in Limburg, Netherlands.