Apr.06 - SportLand: Britain's Geraint Thomas says he would "love" to lead Team Sky at this year's Tour de France if four-time winner Chris Froome does not defend his title.
Thomas, 31, is riding Paris-Roubaix on Sunday to prepare for stage nine of the Tour, which features the same cobbles.
It is unclear if Froome will ride the Tour as he seeks to explain his adverse test for asthma drug salbutamol.
"I have the mindset of going to the Tour to get the best result possible," Thomas told 5 live's Bespoke podcast.
"What will be with the rest of it, with Froome, it's just about trying to put that to the back of my mind."
The Welshman reiterated his aim of being in the "best shape possible" when the Tour starts on 7 July.