Cycling: Froome likely to lead Sky for 2013 Tour de France, says Wiggins

PARIS (REUTERS) - Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has hinted that fellow Briton Chris Froome is likely to replace him as Team Sky leader for this year's race, which is expected to favour the pure climbers.

Wiggins, whose main target in 2013 is to add the Giro d'Italia title to his list of honours in his quest to retire having won all three grand Tours (France, Italy and Spain), insisted that he would not race as Froome's domestique, however.

"I would love to win the Tour for a second time if given the opportunity, not necessarily this season, that would be great, but it is likely that Chris will be the team leader this year," he told French daily L'Equipe on Tuesday.

"But it does not mean that I'm going to work at the front of the peloton for 200km every day for Chris."

Renowned climber Froome helped his team-mate through the mountain stages of last year's race to eventually finish second behind Wiggins.

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