I’ve just finished reading this excellent book by Chris Sidwells (I also have a bike maintenance book by him which is also good). The book describes the history of the Tour de France, bringing it to life through individual tales of riders old and new.
As a record of the 100-odd years of the Tour de France it is excellent, from the early days when the race was finding its feet, to the modern era when it went through dark hours of doping and widespread drug abuse.
Well written and interesting I’d recommend it highly to anyone interested in either cycling or modern history. If like me you like both then you’re quids in!
You can find it here