Tour de France: Brailsford on 'British heart' and Wiggins call
Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has said they remain British-focused and defended his decision not to select Sir Bradley Wiggins for the Tour de France.
Brailsford said last week that he would like a French Tour winner with Sky.
But he told 5 live's Sportsweek: "We're a British team with a British heart."
Former national team boss Brailsford, the mastermind behind Britain's Olympic cycling dominance in recent Games, said his comment about wanting to see a French Tour de France winner was in the same spirit as the desire to see a Briton win Wimbledon.
Andy Murray's triumph in 2013 ended a 77-year wait for a home Wimbledon champion, while it is 28 years since a Frenchman last won the Tour.
Brailsford, 50, told the BBC he was "the most patriotic guy you are ever going to meet".
And he added: "Let's not forget we came here with a British rider [Froome] to win this race. The whole essence of what we do is about British cycling."
Froome's exit means Australian Richie Porte, 28 is now leading Team Sky's challenge for a hat-trick of Tour titles.
When asked whether he regretted the decision not to select 2012 winner Wiggins, 34, Brailsford responded: "We started out with the aim of trying to win this race and the rider in the best position to win this race clearly was Chris Froome."
Brailsford also backed Tasmanian Porte to make it three Team Sky wins in a row.
"I can't see that he can't win," added the Sky boss. "While we are in the hunt we will believe very much that he can."