Team Sky all set for their grand tour debut

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When Chris Sutton rides down the start ramp in Amsterdam just after 1pm (UK time) today, he will be the first Team Sky rider to get a taste of grand tour action.

Today brings one of a significant number of moments that lead to the The Biggest Moment of All. That will come in Rotterdam, about an hour's drive from here, on July 3, when Team Sky becomes the first British-backed team to ride the Tour de France since ANC-Halfords in 1987.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.