Get Excited for the Tour de France with These Reads

By Carrie McBride, Communications
August 6, 2020

Updated 6/30/2023

Watching the Tour de France on television has been a favorite rite of early summer for my family. If you've never watched a professional road cycling race—I don't blame you. The rules can seem arcane (sock height regulations!); etiquette transgressions can be hard to follow (don't attack during a "nature break"!); and the jargon, much of it from the French, takes time to learn (domestiques, musettes, soigneurs, sticky bottles, super tucks...), but it's a fascinating sport with a storied history. 

Whether you caught Tour de France fever after watching Netflix's recent Tour de France: Unchained series or you're a seasoned fan, here are some reading selections about the sport of cycling, the history of the Tour (the scandals!), some of the major players, as well as some fiction reads if that's more your speed.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.