“It was always about winning the Tour,” he told The Guardian, explaining that he didn’t think he wanted to make the sacrifices again that winning the Tour demands, of both him and his family.

“There are other things I’d like to do,” he added, fuelling speculation as to what the Bolton-born rider’s next move will be.

He had been forced to pull out of this year’s Tour De France due to a knee injury and so is unable to defend his title when the race kicks off on Saturday June 29.

There has also been speculation about his place at Team Sky as well, with British cyclist Chris Froome leading the team in France this year and emerging as the team’s front line racer after a series of impressive performances.

Wiggins concedes Froome deserves his place as team leader, with the Kenyan born 26-year old year old himself saying that it is a relief not to have the pressure of Wiggins on his shoulder.

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