WORLD cycling champion Glenn O'Shea has had his road season cut short by pending surgery.
The world omnium champion and Olympic silver medallist in the teams pursuit is off the bike recovering from "saddle soreness".
The ailment has developed into a cyst, which the gun cyclist from Eaglehawk is hoping will be removed by the surgeon later this week.
"It means I will not be training or racing for a few weeks," O'Shea said on Monday as he returned to Adelaide.
The injury flared a few weeks ago and meant an early finish to his road season with the An Post team.
He is also being considered by Garmin for next season, but no deals have been struck.
Despite the early finish to the road season, O'Shea said there had been many highs in classics across Europe.
"My best result was third in Ronde L'Oise, a four-day tour just north of Paris.
"I went into the final day in the leader's jersey, but the team had been depleted because of illness and injury."
Although An Post tried desperately to keep O'Shea on top of the general classification, it could not do so.
"It was a really challenging season. I learnt a lot in every race," said O'Shea.
His campaign included the Tour of Belgium.
"It was an incredible race, really testing climbs, some fast stretches, and most stages were at least 200 kilometres."
O'Shea is a triple winner of the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year, which is backed by Bendigo Bank.
He has achieved a phenomental run of success on the track, highlighted by gold in the omnium at the 2012 world titles in Melbourne.
O'Shea said his recovery could vary between two and three weeks, or longer.
His sights are now on the track season.
"The World Cup in Mexico is an event I am aiming to do."
O'Shea said the focus had switched from the omnium, because it's not on the 2014 Commonwealth Games program, to the teams pursuit, points race and madison.
A dual winner of the McCaig Daikin Airconditioning Bendigo International Madison, O'Shea is determined to be back in his hometown in March for the track classic.