Easy question. The Rider by Tim Krabbé. A novel.
"The Rider" by Tim Krabbé
Upon your triple recommendation, I just ordered this book!!!+3 for The Rider.
Fantastic book that I read once a year.
I agree with "Road to valor", lso agree with "French Revolutions" by Tim Moore. Also by Moore is "Gironimo, riding the very terrible 1914 Tour of Italy". Same vein as "French Revolutiions" except following the route of the 1914 Giro on a period correct bike.French Revolutions by Timothy (I think) Moore. British travel writer who decides to ride the TdF route on his own.
Recently read PC on $10 a day (post #2 above). Very entertaining and best I've read recently. Road to Valor is the story of Gino Bartali's life, focusing on how he helped hidden Jews avoid the Nazis in WW2 Italy.