I will lead Team Sky, says Froome

Chris Froome insists he will lead Team Sky’s Tour de France charge this summer despite team-mate Bradley Wiggins claiming he wants to defend his title.

Froome, who was runner-up to Wiggins last year, was told he would be Sky’s main man this summer, with Wiggins prioritising the Giro d’Italia.

But Wiggins said on Monday

he wants to win both of the Grand Tour events.

Froome replied: “I have been reassured by the management at Team Sky that I have their full backing.”

Who will lead Team Sky?

Wiggins: “I think the decision will be made probably in the last three days before we get to the Tour. I think whoever is in the best shape should be.”

Froome: “I have been reassured by the management at Team Sky that I have their full backing. At no time has the leadership of the Tour team been in question.”

He added: “At no time has the leadership of the Tour team been in question.”

Kenya-born Froome supported Wiggins in last year’s Tour success and, in November,

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said he would lead their charge this year

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But this week, when asked if a decision had been made on who would lead Team Sky in France, Wiggins said: “Not yet, no. I think that decision will be made probably in the last three days before we get to the Tour.

“I think whoever is in the best shape should be really. I think it is too early to decide but we are both, as we have now for the last six months, been going towards that same goal. Someone will get the nod.”

But in reply, Froome released a statement reading: “There has been much speculation regarding the leadership for Team Sky at the Tour de France this year. I have made it clear that winning the Tour would be my main objective for 2013.

“Attempting to win the Tour de France, is a massive undertaking, and will take total commitment from each and every team member.

“The Tour team has yet to be selected but with the depth of talent that we have at Team Sky, I have no doubt that the strongest and most willing riders will be there to support me.”

Froome has won the Tour of Oman, Criterium International and Tour de Romandie titles this year, while Wiggins has been focusing on preparing for the Giro, which will start on Saturday in Naples.

The late Marco Pantani was the last rider to achieve a Tour/Giro double in 1998.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22347741

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