Sir Bradley Wiggins set to miss 2014 Tour de France

Wiggins 'gutted' to miss Tour de France

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will not be competing in this year's Tour de France "as things stand".

The four-time Olympic gold medallist, 34, won the Tour in 2012 but was absent last year as fellow Brit and Team Sky colleague Chris Froome triumphed.

Wiggins told the BBC: "The team is focused around Chris Froome.

"I am gutted. I feel I am in the form I was two years ago. Now if I want to go to the Tour again, the reality is that I might have to go elsewhere."

He added: "I also understand that cycling is a team sport and it is all about Team Sky winning and Chris is defending champion.

"If he crashes [in next week's Criterium du Dauphine warm-up race] there'd still be a chance I could come into the team. As it stands, all being well, Chris staying fit and healthy that's the team that'll roll out."

With his contract expiring this year, Wiggins said he is considering his future at Team Sky, adding he had "spoken to a few people" as he explores his options.

The London 2012 time trial gold medallist had planned to switch back to track cycling at the end of this season in a bid to compete for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Sir Bradley Wiggins set to miss Tour de France
Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012

But he said: "Having missed the Tour again this year, I wouldn't like to leave it there. I'd love to go back at some point so there is the chance that I would go back to the Tour next year."

Wiggins has already won three Olympic gold medals on the track. He won the individual pursuit at Athens 2004 and both the individual and team pursuit at the Beijing Games in 2008.

He and Froome are competing in different warm-up events ahead of the three-week Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July.

Froome, 29, will start the week-long Criterium du Dauphine, a race he won in 2013, on Sunday.

Wiggins, who won the Dauphine in 2011 and 2012 on his way to becoming the first British Tour de France champion, will race in the Tour of Switzerland between 14-22 June.

Froome is part of an eight-man team for the Dauphine, with last year's runner-up Richie Porte, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Mikel Nieve, Danny Pate, Geraint Thomas and Xabier Zandio completing the squad.

"For the dynamic of the team, Chris has a say, and we haven't raced together all year," said Wiggins. "When you're in the heat of the moment, you need guys you can trust and who have been there for you."

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome

Froome's seven support riders for the Dauphine are likely to form the bulk of the nine men who will make up Team Sky's Tour de France squad.

However, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said he will use both races to pick his final line-up for the world's most prestigious cycling race.

Wiggins also admitted his fractious relationship with Froome could be beyond repair.

The pair fell out during the 2012 Tour, when Froome appeared to disobey orders by pulling away from Wiggins during stage 11.

"The Tour is so intense because you're riding for four weeks, six or seven hours a day, you're in each other's pockets," said Wiggins.

"You go through many highs and lows. Tensions can rise between two competitive riders."

On Thursday, Froome said he felt Wiggins showed signs of mental weakness despite sealing victory.