Following in the tracks of The Cycling Anthology Volume 1 we now have a second book, this time dedicated to the Tour de France. But this is a different Tour, no lists of winners here, nor acres of statistics. Instead we are presented with original writings from a distinguished group of commentators, each of them taking a sideways look at a particular aspect or personality tied up with the world's biggest annual sporting event. Of the fourteen chapters I enjoyed all but a couple of duds. Particular mention must go to Ned Boulting's illuminating story of a man I had never heard of, Brian Venner, whose vision and eccentricity was critical to televisions adoption of the race. How history is shaped by the confluence of trivial events indeed. And Britain's own Dan Lloyd provides an entertaining and insightful tale of the life of a domestique, the essential but less glamourous rider who sacrifices his own chances for his team leader. Worth the money? If you are even slightly interested in the great rolling extravaganza that is le Tour, absolutely. I'm hoping to get Volume 3 for Christmas.