Cycling: Bradley Wiggins admitted today that he may yet attempt to launch a successful defence of his Tour de France title, despite previously suggesting his focus for 2013 would lie elsewhere.
The 32-year-old made history when he became the Tour’s first British winner in July, with Team Sky colleague Chris Froome second.
At October’s launch of next summer’s 100th Tour, Wiggins intimated May’s Giro d’Italia would be his main target, leaving Froome as the logical choice to lead Team Sky in France.
But the Olympic gold medallist hinted that decisions are still to be made and that winning back-to-back Tour de France titles remains his ambition.
“I don’t know what the situation is in terms of leadership, as it stands I’m probably going to try and win a second Tour de France,” he said.
“I don’t know, maybe we’ll have two leaders, which is more than likely I guess. How that’s going to work with the team I don’t know, that’s more (Team Sky general manager) Dave Brailsford’s problem to worry about.”
He added: “It’s just how we service both mouths.
“Like I said that’s more a problem for Dave to figure out, but my goal is to win the Tour next year.
“Whether that is realised or not I don’t know really, we’re still in this planning phase at the moment, deciding each race, what we’re going to do next year, how we are going to go about training to do that.
“Whether I do the Tour of Italy before it, as I’ve said that is still undecided. All will be revealed in the coming months I guess.”
If Froome is chosen to lead Team Sky, Wiggins insists he will support his team-mate.
“Oh yeah, I wouldn’t be on the start line if not,” he said.
“Whatever the team strategy is we all support that, otherwise you don’t take the start line.
“It’s a case of you do what’s asked of you on the day, whatever that decision is.”