Team Sky rider Chris Froome admitted that, although a win on Stage 17 would have been nice, the team's plan was always for him to pace Bradley Wiggins to the finish line.
Froome and Wiggins exchanged words a 2km from the finish line in Peyragudes, and at one stage Froome looked like launching a chase on eventual stage winner Alejandro Valverde.
But the British rider told ITV's Matt Rendell that it had never been the intention to maillot jaune Wiggins behind.
"The plan was to stay together and we did that, and that's all good," Froome said.
Asked what he had said to Wiggins on the climb to Peyragudes, Froome said: "That we'd got rid of Nibali and it was about to flatten out - just stay on my wheel."
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