Sir Bradley Wiggins may wait until the autumn to decide whether to remain at Team Sky, despite reports from Italy at the weekend that suggested he had already made his mind up to stay with the British WorldTour outfit.
Taking part in the Pina Cycling Marathon hosted by Sky’s bike sponsor, Wiggins said that he may try for the Hour Record next year – and on a Pinarello bike, given he would be remaining with the team.
However, according to a Press Association report on ITV.com, no extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of this year, has yet been agreed.
Other options could include a move to Orica-GreenEdge or Garmin-Sharp, both squads that have been linked with the former Tour de France winner in recent weeks.
But team principal Sir Dave Brailsford is keen to keep Wiggins, saying recently: "Bradley is a fantastic champion and we'd like him to continue with Team Sky.
"We'll continue to discuss that with him and see if we can find a way to support him through to Rio."
Wiggins aims to compete in the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympics, and is riding the same event for England at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Staying at Sky for the next two seasons would be likely to give him more freedom to focus on the rack than he might have elsewhere, with team mates Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh able to tailor their road programmes ahead of London 2012 to tie in with their successful team pursuit campaign on the track.
After Glasgow, Wiggins plans to ride the Vuelta as preparation for the time trial at the World Championships.
The Spanish Grand Tour could see him line up alongside team mate Chris Froome for the first time in 18 months, with the latter, Vuelta runner-up in 2011 when Wiggins was third, potentially riding the race after crashing out of the Tour de France last week.
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