Was James Joyce inspired by the Tour de France when he gave Buck Mulligan a yellow dressing gown? How did an Irish cyclotourist inspire Ulysses? And where does Lucien Petit-Breton fit into this?
In April 1919 a seven-stage race through what had just months before been the Western Front was organised by Le Petit Journal. A now forgotten folly, the Tour of the Battlefields is only today gaining the appreciation it deserved.