The news about the controversy over several times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong makes this seem a good time to review Jame's Waddington's rather extrordinary novel about professional cycling. The story races tumultuosly through an imagined Tour de France race with its own peculiar doping scandal. The author is a cyclist and one feels he understands somewhat of what he speaks. The twists and turns of race and story are comic, dark and bizarre. Well written and well worth a read even for non-cyclists!