Wiggins dreaming of Tour double
Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins admits winning the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France back-to-back this summer would be "the dream".
Becoming the first Briton to win the Tour before taking Olympic time trial gold last year has seen Wiggins become one of the biggest stars in sport, winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and being knighted in the New Year's Honours list.
Wiggins is looking to add to his lengthy list of achievements this year, with his main ambition being the Giro d'Italia.
The 32-year-old would love the chance to follow that up by retaining the Tour de France he won in such style, although he accepts team-mate Chris Froome, last year's runner-up, is likely to wrestle Team Sky leadership from him.
"Winning the Giro and Tour back-to-back, that is the dream," Wiggins said. "I'd love to do it if I get the opportunity to.
"Chris is going to focus on the Tour, I am going to focus on the Giro and be as good as I can be at the Tour.
"If that means I am in a support role or get given leadership at this stage, it is far too early to tell.
"The likelihood is that, if everything goes to plan, Chris will probably be the leader of the Tour, but with me as a back-up plan as he was last year.
"As we saw two years ago, when I crashed out we were left without a leader so that is the goal at the moment."
With two of the world's best riders at Team Sky, there has been talk of a rivalry building.
Both have downplayed such talk, with Wiggins claiming his countryman's presence actually benefits him.
"It is not a battle," he said. "We're both very competitive people, we both want to win bike races and we're both in the same team.
"We're both very professional people as well and we have an incredible respect for the team we are in and the other people that sacrifice their races for us.
"We push each other, really, as we saw with Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny on the sprint squad.
"We keep each other on our toes and pushing for that leadership is quite a nice thing to have within a team, that competitiveness that goes on.
"Once we get to the day and the decision is made as to who leads, we all go about our professional job and do what we do.
"But it just keeps that drive to go that little bit harder on climbs in training and get the best out of yourself each day.
"I think at this stage of my career and after the year I've had, it is a good thing to have, someone pushing you from behind."
Wiggins will return to action in February in Majorca, where the team is currently based, before joining up with Froome for the Tour of Oman.
"It has been all right training again," Wiggins said after a hectic off-season in which he was involved in a road accident.
"I've been out here on and off since the middle of November so it is like a second home, the training base, for me really.
"We are ahead of where we were this time last year and we're all on track for the goals ahead."