David Brailsford says Team Sky Tour de France line-up not decided

Defending champion Chris Froome is set to lead Team Sky’s bid to claim a third consecutive yellow jersey.

However, 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins recently revealed he expects to be overlooked for the race, which starts in Leeds on July 5, after Froome was favoured as the team’s leader.

The fractious relationship between Wiggins and Froome has been well-documented, but suggestions that the latter is playing a part in determining Team Sky’s line-up have been rubbished by Brailsford.

“Despite the impression that might have been created, the team is not yet finalised,” Brailsford told The Sunday Times .

“I will be the one making the decision on who is in that team.

“The riders can offer an opinion but they don’t select the team and they never will.

“We knew from last year that my job was to build a team around Chris Froome because he’s the rider most likely to win this year’s Tour de France.”

Brailsford nevertheless concedes that he will have to consider team morale when assessing who will take on cycling’s most prestigious event.

“Trust and harmony are important considerations and it is a difficult decision,” he added.

“I’m not just talking about the harmony between Chris and Brad, but harmony amongst all the riders and staff.”

“People should be careful before thinking Chris is making decisions here. Chris is a great bike rider, he deserves to lead our team but ultimately he doesn’t pick the team. I do.”

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