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Team Sky's Froome eyes Tour de France leader role

Published on Oct 22, 2012 5:43 PM

PARIS (REUTERS) - Chris Froome has hinted he could be given the nod as the leading rider for Team Sky's tilt at the Tour de France next year while defending champion Bradley Wiggins focuses on the Giro d'Italia.

Froome was confined to a supporting role to help Wiggins clinch Britain's first win in the Tour in July, but he appeared frustrated at having to wait for Wiggins in some mountain stages before eventually finishing runner-up.

Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton has already suggested Wiggins should focus on winning the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Spain next year.

Wiggins, 32, is looking to win all three Grand Tours before retiring and the 2013 Tour de France is likely to favour top climbers such as Froome, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.

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