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Wiggins willing to help Froome

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he is ready to help teammate Chris Froome in his attempt to retain his Tour de France title.

The 33-year-old insists he will not "sulk" about taking second billing after rediscovering his love for cycling.

With Froome as his chief lieutenant, Wiggins became the first Briton to win the world's greatest road race two years ago, and then followed it up with Olympic gold.

His fortunes were reversed in 2013, though, as he missed out through a knee injury and had to watch Team Sky colleague Froome take his place at the top of the podium.

Wiggins admits last year was a tough one for him but he is ready to go again and says he will assist Froome, rather than go for glory himself.

He told the Guardian: "From the moment I won the Tour in 2012 it was always (seen as) inevitable - 'when are you going to start the preparations for next year?'.

"People would ask but in my head I'd be thinking, hold on a minute, I've only just come to terms with this one.

"There came a point where it was fight, flight or freeze, so my initial thoughts were, I don't want to ride next year, I need a year off.

"I was quite vulnerable then. There was so much going on. I'd had that injury. I felt quite low. Chris was winning everything. It was such a drastic change from the year before. I'd been knocked off the treadmill - finally.

"But a couple of weeks after I got my knee sorted, came out to Mallorca, started training. I realised when I was out here that I loved training and I loved the sport.

"When I watched bits of the Tour I realised that I missed it and that I wanted to go back. I'm not done yet."

But while Wiggins has a passion for riding the French mountains again, he does not see himself taking on Froome this summer.

"I think Chris has earned the right to defend the Tour this year and I'd love to go back and play a part in that and not just sulk off and give up because I'm not the leader."