Chris Froome adamant he will lead Team Sky at this summer's Tour de France
Chris Froome has reiterated that he will lead Team Sky at this year's Tour de France.
Last Updated: 23/04/13 11:52am
The 27-year-old Briton is keen to succeed team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins as Tour winner in July and has so far built his season around a tilt at the yellow jersey.
His sole leadership came into question when Wiggins said at the end of last year that he would like to bid for a second successive victory in Paris.
However, Froome told Sky Sports News he is certain to spearhead Sky's Tour challenge.
"I am 100 per cent leader," he said. "That hasn't changed since January. From what I understand, everyone has bought into that plan and that is the way we are going to go into the Tour.
"Personally, especially this year, being in this position as leader, I feel like I have been given such an opportunity, such a privilege to be that last guy who is protected all the time, and it is quite a special feeling."
Team Sky coach Tim Kerrison backed up Froome's position, adding that Wiggins's focus will fall on May's Giro d'Italia.
"We go into the race with the rider who we believe has the best chance of delivering as the designated leader," Kerrison said.
"For the moment, we are preparing Bradley to lead the Giro and we are preparing Chris Froome to be the leader at the Tour de France.
"As we get closer to the event, we will have a look again at the form of all our riders and make sure we have the strongest team to win the yellow jersey again."