Britain's first Tour de France winner and London 2012 gold medal winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will not participate in this year's Tour "as things stand".
Wiggins was unable to defend his Tour de France title in 2013, having to withdraw citing a knee injury.
The former champion believed that he would never race in the Tour again.
Chris Froome was promoted as the number one rider and became the second British rider in succession to win the Tour.
Wiggo has started 2014 in a positive manner winning the Tour of California, 30 seconds ahead of Garmins-Sharp's Rohan Dennis.
Despite not having the chance to defend his title, Wiggins understands why the decision has been taken to retain Froome as the number one rider.
Speaking to BBC breakfast the former champion said."I am gutted. I've worked extremely hard for this throughout the winter and up to the summer. I feel I am in the form I was two years ago.
"But I also understand that cycling is a team sport and it is all about Team Sky winning and Chris is defending champion."
The pair fell out in the 2012 Tour when supporting rider Froome attacked the lead group, leaving the main rider Wiggins behind.
Wiggo who would go on to be champion contemplated quitting the Tour because of Froome's action.
However, the current champion admits that he spotted a mental weakness in Wiggins armour.
Speaking on BBC radio 5 Live the current Tour De France champion said. "He probably would argue he was on his limits physically but I felt it was more a mental thing that he switched off when he saw me going."
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