13/12/2012 04:55 GMT | Updated 13/12/2012 05:05 GMT

Bradley Wiggins To Ride Tour De France Despite Team Sky Saying Chris Froome Will Lead

Bradley Wiggins has revealed his desire to retain his Tour de France title despite Team Sky saying Chris Froome would lead the British outfit's 2013 challenge.

Wiggins had cast doubt on his participation at the Tour, apparently focusing on the Giro d'Italia instead. Froome helped the 32-year-old to his 2012 win and the expectation was they would swap roles next year if Wiggins was to ride.

Team Sky boss David Braislford admitted last month the plan had not "completely been signed off" and suggested "the Tour of Italy would be a very good target for Bradley and leave Froomy then to focus on the Tour de France".


Froome finished second in the 2012 Tour

However Wiggins told BBC Sport "maybe we'll have two leaders".

"How that's going to work with the team I don't know but my goal is to win the Tour next year. Whether that is realised or not, I don't know really."

The London 2012 gold medallist vowed he would support "whatever the team strategy is. It's a case of doing what's asked of you on the day".

Froome, 27, finished second in the Tour and won the mountainous seventh stage.