By Brendan Gallagher- The Telegraph
Chris Froome has warned Bradley Wiggins that he has no intention of stepping aside to allow the defending Tour de France champion to lead Team Sky’s challenge for the 2013 race.
Froome finished second behind Wiggins in this year’s Tour while playing a key support role, but he also briefly threatened to attack Wiggins on the final climb before Sky’s management quickly ordered back into line.
Froome’s reward for respecting those orders had seemed likely to be the lead role in next year’s Tour, with Wiggins concentrating on the Giro d’Italia.
However, Wiggins said last week that he wanted to defend the Tour, leaving Dave Brailsford, the Sky team principal, with a selection dilemma.
Froome, 27, insisted he will support Wiggins again if required but, having finished runner-up on both the Tour and the Vuelta A España in the past 15 months, he has made it clear he believed that would be the wrong decision.
“It’s my hope and intention to be the Team Sky team leader at next year’s Tour de France,” Froome said. “I feel I have shown in my last three Grand Tour rides that I would definitely be a contender to win the 2013 Tour de France and the route plays to my strengths. That is my target.