Olympic champion Pete Kennaugh is focused on his role supporting Chris Froome after being named in Team Sky's Tour de France line-up.
Froome's bid to succeed Sir Bradley Wiggins in the yellow jersey will be aided by three Britons - debutants Ian Stannard, Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas - after Team Sky announced its nine-man squad for the 100th edition of the race, which begins in Corsica on Saturday week.
"I'm really happy to be one of the nine guys selected from such a strong team," Kennaugh told Press Association Sport.
"My role is to try to be there at the important times on the climbs for Froome, set a good tempo and really protect him."
Froome, the 2012 runner-up behind Wiggins, leads Team Sky, with the defending champion absent with a knee injury.
Australia's Richie Porte, Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen, Belarus duo Vasil Kiryienka and Kanstantsin Siutsou and David Lopez of Spain complete the team.
Team Sky performance manager Rod Ellingworth, who has nurtured much of Britain's young talent in recent years, including Mark Cavendish, informed Kennaugh of his selection yesterday.
The 24-year-old had an inkling he would be in the squad after his performance in helping Froome to victory in traditional Tour warm-up the Criterium du Dauphine and the subsequent training camp in Chatel, France.
"I had a good idea I'd be in it then, but it's nice to hear you've officially been selected," said Kennaugh, who had expected next year's Tour to be a more realistic prospect.
"To be a year ahead of where we want to be is good."
Kennaugh and Thomas won London 2012 team pursuit gold last August, but the Manxman endured a troubled year and his Olympic participation was in doubt due to a pelvis injury.
"Although I won my Olympic gold, my road career was put back by injuries," Kennaugh added.
"I had a bit of a slow start to this season, but it's all turned out good."
Kennaugh was part of the initial recruitment for Team Sky's maiden season and, in the squad's first get together in November 2009, he put his name forward for the British team's maiden tour.
He now says that was in jest, but Kennaugh is clearly ambitious and the best young rider's white jersey is something which could be a target next month.
"The white jersey is something which could maybe come as a bonus," Kennaugh added.
"If I can wear the white jersey for a few days, I'd be super happy."
Thomas wore the white jersey on two of his previous three Tour appearances, in 2010 and 2011, and will have overall ambitions in future too; talk of another leadership duel at Team Sky is premature, though.
While Thomas might be thinking about his potential to emulate Wiggins and Froome as a Grand Tour contender soon, Kennaugh is not yet considering it.
Kennaugh said: "Maybe one day I will be leader of the team, but until then I'll focus on what I'm doing now.
"It's something that will just happen. I'm so focused on what I'm trying to do now and so focused on trying to always improve.
"It's only the Dauphine just gone where I've been able to be in that front group of climbers on the climbs."
Kennaugh and Thomas are versatile and rode in Cavendish's sprint leadout train at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, but will now be key components of Froome's mountain domestique group.
Cavendish has subsequently left Team Sky for Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but Kennaugh is looking forward to doing battle with his friend and compatriot on the roads of France, where both squads will be vying to be at the front of the peloton.
"I'm sure we'll exchange words at some point during the race," Kennaugh said.
While Cavendish is now the undisputed leader of his Belgian squad, having been on the periphery during a year at Team Sky, Froome is the British squad's number one and only priority.
The 28-year-old Kenya-born rider, who has won four of the five races he has entered this season, Porte, Boasson Hagen and Siutsou were in Wiggins' Tour-winning squad in 2012.
"I'm delighted with the balance in this team," Froome said.
"We're ready, excited and can't wait to get going."
Sky's 2013 Tour de France line-up:
Chris Froome (GBR)
Richie Porte (Aus)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
Peter Kennaugh (GBR)
Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
David Lopez (Spa)
Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR)
Ian Stannard (GBR)
Geraint Thomas (GBR)
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