Tour de France history is fascinating to americans especially with the rise of USA competitors Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong. Here are some books on this unique and amazing sporting event.
The book Tour De France/Tour De Force is a fine pictorial history of the event from its beginning in 1903 through 1999.
Another book is In Pursuit of the Yellow Jersey specifically about the troubled 1999 race won by Lance Armstrong.
Yet another is The 2001 Tour de France LANCE X3 about Lance Armstrong's third consecutive win.
Finally there is The Official Tour De France: Centennial 1903-2003, authorized by the race organizers.
Tour de France history is fascinating, and the rise of Lance Armstrong including his fight against cancer is inspiring.