Sir David Brailsford insists he is yet to finalise Team Sky's Tour de France line-up, despite Sir Bradley Wiggins claiming he would not be selected.
Wiggins, 34, who won the race in 2012, has said he does not think he will be riding alongside 29-year-old team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome.
"Despite the impression that might have been created, the team is not yet finalised," team boss Brailsford said.
"I will be the one making the decision on who is in that team."
Brailsford has spoken in the wake of Wiggins telling the BBC on Friday that he would be unlikely to ride the Tour "as it stands".
Sky are building their nine-man team around Froome for the race, which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July.
Wiggins also implied that Froome, with whom he has a well-documented fractious relationship, was playing a part in selecting the squad.
Brailsford told The Sunday Times: "The riders can offer an opinion but they don't select the team and they never will.
"We knew from last year that my job was to build a team around Chris Froome because he's the rider most likely to win this year's Tour de France.
"Trust and harmony are important considerations and it is a difficult decision.
"I'm not just talking about the harmony between Chris and Brad, but harmony amongst all the riders and staff."
But Froome will lead a team of eight at the week-long Criterium du Dauphine - the traditional build-up test for the Tour - which starts in Lyon on Sunday, while Wiggins was left out and instead competes in the Tour of Switzerland.
Tensions arose during the 2012 Tour when Kenyan-born Froome appeared to disobey orders and put pressure on team-mate Wiggins with an attack during stage 11.
Both riders subsequently claimed they had settled their differences.
But Froome appeared to spark more discord last week with his new autobiography, The Climb, which referred to Wiggins in 2012 and said: "We rode around him and his moods like he was a traffic island."