Sir Bradley Wiggins still hopeful of Team Sky Tour de France place alongside Chris Froome
Last Updated: 14/04/14 4:47pm
Sir Bradley Wiggins has not given up hope of securing a place on the Tour de France start line in July.
The 2012 yellow jersey winner rode to a strong ninth place in the dust of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday but admitted that he is still keen to return to Grand Tour action in support of Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome.
That dream looked to have taken a dent following comments from British Cycling coach Shane Sutton earlier in the week which suggested that Wiggins would need to elevate his recent performances if he hoped to be part of the nine-man squad.
With a hard-fought top 10 on the cobbles in Roubaix the first step towards achieving that ahead of races at the Giro del Trentino and Tour of California, Wiggins confirmed: "I'll do everything possible to try and be there but obviously as (Sutton) said, it is Chris's team and he'll have a big say in who he puts around him and who he's confident having in front of him in the mountains.
"My job is to continue doing what I'm doing, go to (the Tour of) California and get the result I want there, come back and put in a good performance and good team role in the (Criterium du) Dauphine, and warrant a Tour place.”
After finishing just 20 seconds off solo victor Niki Terpstra in the ‘Queen of the Classics’, Wiggins is now aiming to string together further appearances at the cobbled showpiece.
"I'd love to come back (to Paris-Roubaix) the next few years," added Wiggins, who has stated that he would like to return to the track ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"(But) I don't think it changes anything, I've stated I want to go back to the track next year for the Olympics.
"It's been fantastic, I've been with this (Classics) group for the last week and it's a shame there's not another one next week because it would have been nice to stay on.
"There's been such a good spirit in the team, it's kind of like the end of term: we've all got to go home and come back after the summer holidays."