With Bradley Wiggins clearly back to some of his best form, there may be challenges ahead for Team Sky as it decides on who will ride alongside Chris Froome at the Tour de France.
7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:38 PM

Bradley Wiggins said that of his chances of a Tour de France selection only last month, after a successful stint riding the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Yesterday he won the individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California and today on Stage 3 was in absolute control on Mount Diablo despite losing his team support along the way.

His high tempo riding on the mountain demonstrated that he is approaching the kind of fitness required for a Grand Tour call-up.

He didn't win on Diablo, Australia's Rohan Dennis did that, but he did do enough to keep the hounds at bay. Now holding a 24 second lead, Wiggins will in all likelihood go on to win the race at its conclusion in Thousand Oaks.

It's the way Wiggins has been riding over the past three months that forces you to again take notice, after a 2013 season in which he seemed lost for inspiration.

Despite that year in the wilderness he was still winning, albeit quietly. He topped the general classification at the Tour of Britain, winning the ITT along the way, took another ITT victory at the Tour of Poland and a claimed silver in the ITT at the UCI Road World Championships. But it didn't feel the same as it does this year.

While the California ITT is his sole victory this year to date, Wiggins has been impressive in just about every appearance he has made, particularly his "fish out of water" cobbled classics experiment at Flanders and Roubaix.

So what happens if Wiggins keeps winning between now and the Tour?

He is clearly vying for a spot on Team Sky's Tour team, but given the past creative tension which has existed between him and current team leader and 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome, may not get the chance.

Wiggins is in form, and so is Froome, who recently won the Tour de Romandie, but it may take more than good numbers and results on the road for him to win a place alongside Sky's team leader.

"He (Froome) will have a big say in who he puts around him and who he wants in front of him in the mountains," Wiggins told Tom Cary at The Telegraph.

"My job is to go to (the Tour of) California, get the result I want there, put in a good performance in the (Critérium du) Dauphine and warrant a Tour place."

The 2012 Tour champion appears to have accepted his secondary fate at Sky, either because it's what he wants having already pocketed a Tour victory and knighthood, or resigned to it as a result of internal politics.

With both Wiggins and Froome working together Sky would be a formidable squad and should easily thwart any possible rivals. But equally, having them both firing at the same time in the same race could stir renewed ambitions and old rivalries.

An in-form Wiggins would be an irresistible selection for management but perhaps less so for Froome.

If he wins in California and performs equally well at the Dauphine, Sky and Froome will have some difficult choices to make.