Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins to focus on the 2013 Giro d'Italia
Last Updated: 24/10/12 5:08pm
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Bradley Wiggins has confirmed the Giro d'Italia will most likely be his priority next year and that he expects to play a support role at the Tour de France.
Wiggins became the first Briton to win cycling's most prestigious race in 2012 but the tougher nature of next year's course could play into the hands of fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome.
Froome finished second behind Wiggins in Paris in July after appearing to be far the stronger climber in the second half of the race.
"It has become apparent you can't compete at the top level in two Grand Tours in a year, so I'll be there (next year's Tour de France) more than likely in a supporting role for Chris."
The route was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday and includes more climbing, some of which is tougher than 2012, while there are less of the time-trials which served Wiggins so well this summer.
"I've stated I would like to try and win the Tour of Italy, it would be a lovely race to add to the Tour," Wiggins told Sky Sports News in Paris.
"The season has just finished for Team Sky and it is for Dave (Brailsford, team principal) and his team to go away and look at everything and see where their chances best lie.
"If I get the nod to ride the Giro then that would be great. We'll see. It is in their hands as to how tactically they devise the team for next year.
"For me it was always about winning one Tour and never really thinking past it.
"It has become apparent you can't compete at the top level in two Grand Tours in a year, so I'll be there (Tour de France) more than likely in a supporting role for Chris.
"I want to be part of this team, part of a successful team, whoever the leader is. If that's Chris next year then I'll be there doing 100 per cent."
Wiggins thinks the 2013 Tour de France route is going to be "a tough one".
"They never look easy, especially in October when you feel fat and haven't been on the bike for four weeks," he said.
"There are some challenging things in there, the team time-trial is quite short.
"That whole element of staying in front and not crashing is going to come into it massively next year."
On his own chances, he said: "I never thought the Tour would ever suit me. I said a few years ago I don't think I'd ever win the Tour de France.
"On paper, I'd prefer more time-trialling but you can't always get that."
Wiggins also had some harsh words for Lance Armstrong after the disgraced American was stripped of his seven Tour titles earlier this week.
"I think there is a lot of anger from most people within the sport, it is a sport I love and have always loved," he said.
"It is a shame that cycling is being dragged through this again really, not a shame that he has been caught - when you get older you start to realise Father Christmas doesn't exist and it is the same with Lance.
"But it is a shame that us riders here now, we are the one picking the pieces up and having to convince people."