Geraint Thomas should focus all his efforts on next year's Tour de France, says Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford.
This year the Welsh cyclist, 29, finished 15th in the race, having been fourth up until the 19th stage where his efforts finally took their toll.
"He showed this year that he can climb with the best," Brailsford said.
"If he managed this season slightly differently, I think he could have podiumed in the Tour in my opinion."
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Thomas showed excellent early season form, winning the Tour of Algarve and E3 Harelbeke one-day classic.
But Brailsford thinks the Cardiff-born cyclist should change his approach next season.
"I think he should give himself the opportunity to focus on that [the Tour de France] for a couple of years and see where it gets him," Brailsford said.
"I think he should target the Tour, maybe take a step back from the classics a little bit and focus on the stage races.
"If you asked me now, I'd say he should focus on stage racing, maybe target Flanders, but in the main go with that approach for next year."
Thomas, who is currently racing in the Vuelta a Espana, is expected to represent Great Britain at the Road World Championships in Richmond, USA at the end of the month.
"He's getting tired now. We'll have to assess how tired he is," Brailsford added.
"We've got the team time-trial, I don't think he'll do the individual [time-trail], and there's the road race.
"We'll see where we are after next week and go from there."