BikeRaceInfo: Current and historical race results, plus interviews, bikes, travel, and cycling history

find us on Facebook follow us on twitter See our youtube channel Cycling's 50 Triumphs and Tragedies Smart Cycles Schwab Cycles Classic cycling jerseys Cycles BiKyle

South Salem Cycleworks Mondonico frames Advertise with us! CycleItalia cycling tours
Search our site:
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter

1962 Tour de France

June 24 - July 15

Results, stages with running GC, Photos and History

1961 Tour | 1963 Tour | Tour de France database | 1962 Tour Quick Facts | Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1962 Tour de France |

1962 Tour Quick Facts:

4274 km raced at an average speed of 37.31 km/hr. 149 starters and 94 classified finishers.

This was the first Tour run with trade teams since Tour father Henri Desgrange began running the Tour with National teams in 1930.

This was also Raymond Poulidor's first of 14 Tour participations. Although he would be second three times ('64, '65, '74) and third three times ('62, '69, '76), he would never spend a single day in yellow. Following stage 12, Tom Simpson became the first British rider to lead the Tour.

Anquetil rode a masterful Tour, staying within striking distance, then at nearly the last moment, riding a superb time trial in stage 20 that won him the Tour. This was Anquetil's third Tour victory, tying him with Bobet and Thys.

Complete Final 1962 Tour de France General Classification:

  1. Jacques Anquetil (St. Raphaël-Helyett) 114hr 31min 54sec
  2. Josef Planckaert (Faema-Flandria) @ 4min 59sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) @ 10min 24sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet (Carpano) @ 13min 1sec
  5. Albertus Geldermans (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 14min 4sec
  6. Tom Simpson (Leroux-Gitane) @ 17min 9sec
  7. Imerio Massignan (Legnano-Pirelli) @ 17min 50sec
  8. Ercole Baldini (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 19min
  9. Charly Gaul (Gazzola) @ 19min 11sec
  10. Eddy Pauwels (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 23min 4sec
  11. Jean-Claude Lebaube (Leroux-Gitane) @ 23min 33sec
  12. Henry Anglade (Liberia-Grammont) @ 26min 33sec
  13. Émile Daems (Philco) @ 27min 17sec
  14. Federico Bahamontes (Margnat-Paloma) @ 34min 16sec
  15. Rolf Wolfshohl (Leroux-Gitane) @ 35min 23sec
  16. Armand Desmet (Faema-Flandria) @ 39min 10sec
  17. Victor Van Schil (Mercier-BP) @ 42min 1sec
  18. Jos Hoevenaers (Philco) @ 42min 28sec
  19. Guido Carlesi (Philco) @ 43min 29sec
  20. François Mahé (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 45min 36sec
  21. André Darrigade (Leroux-Gitane) @ 47min 50sec
  22. Robert Cazala (Mercier-BP) @ 54min 44sec
  23. Luis Otano (Margnat-Paloma) @ 53min 2sec
  24. Louis Rostollan (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 1hr 3min 2sec
  25. Arnaldo Pambianco (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 1hr 6min 10sec
  26. Piet Van Est (Faema-Flandria) @ 1hr 7min 14sec
  27. Juan Campillo (Margnat-Paloma) @ 1hr 10min 34sec
  28. Dieter Puschel (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 1hr 11min 12sec
  29. Raymond Mostrotto (Leroux-Gitane) @ 1hr 12min 24sec
  30. Jean Stablinski (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 1hr 14min 6sec
  31. Rudi Altig (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 1hr 18min 14sec
  32. Jean Gainche (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 21min 18sec
  33. Mies Stolker (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 1hr 21min 19sec
  34. Willy Van Den Berghen (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 22min 51sec
  35. Renzo Fontona (Legnano-Pirelli) @ 1hr 19min 33sec
  36. Jean Forestier (Leroux-Gitane) @ 1hr 31min 51sec
  37. Edouard Delberghe (Liberia-Grammont) @ 1hr 33min 23sec
  38. Jean Graczyk (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 1hr 38min 50sec
  39. André Messelis (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 1hr 39min 8sec
  40. Daniel Doom (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 1hr 40min 13sec
  41. Aurelio Cestari (Gazzola) @ 1hr 41min 16sec
  42. Carlo Azzini (Carpano) @ 1hr 41min 22sec
  43. Roger Baens (Faema-Flandria) @ 1hr 43min 58sec
  44. Guillaume Van Tongerloo (Faema-Flandria) @ 1hr 47min 19sec
  45. Alan Ramsbottom (Pelforth) @ 1hr 50min 19sec
  46. Germano Barale (Carpano) @ 1hr 52min 15sec
  47. Bas Maliepard (Leroux-Gitane) @ 1hr 55min 54sec
  48. Guido Boni (Ghighi) @ 1hr 56min 0sec
  49. Giancarlo Lanzoni (Legnano) @ 1hr 59min 13sec
  50. Pierre Beuffeuil (Mercier) @ 1hr 59min 53sec
  51. Marcel Ongenae (Faema-Flandria) @ 2hr 0min 6sec
  52. Jean-Baptiste Claes (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 2hr 0min 41sec
  53. Bruno Martinato (Gazzola) @ 2hr 1min 7sec
  54. André Foucher (Liberia-Grammont) @ 2hr 1min 43sec
  55. Fernand Picot (Peugeot) @ 2hr 3min 24sec
  56. Pierre Everaert (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 2hr 4min 39sec
  57. Joseph Groussard (Pelforth) @ 2hr 11min 26sec
  58. Jean Dotto (Liberia-Grammont) @ 2hr 12min 32sec
  59. Carlo Brugnami (Philco) @ 2hr 13min 46sec
  60. Jean Milesi (Liberia-Grammont) @ 2hr 14min 39sec
  61. Pierino Baffi (Ghighi) @ 2hr 15min 52sec
  62. Edgard Sorgeloos (Faema-Flandira) @ 2hr 19min 16sec
  63. Rino Benedetti (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 2hr 20min 58sec
  64. Giorgio Zancanaro (Philco) @ 2hr 24min 28sec
  65. Stephan Lach (Peugeot) @ 2hr 24min 43sec
  66. Peppino Dante (Legnano) @ 2hr 24min 47sec
  67. Emmanuel Busto (Peugeot) @ 2hr 25min 11sec
  68. Jean-Claude Annaert (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 2hr 27min 6sec
  69. Edouard Bihouée (Mercier) @ 2hr 31min 1sec
  70. Willy Vannitsen (Wiels-Groene Leeuw) @ 2hr 33min 13sec
  71. Giuseppe Sartore (Carpano) @ 2hr 33min 33sec
  72. Georges Groussard (Pelforth) @ 2hr 34min 9sec
  73. Alfredo Sabbadin (Gazzola) @ 2hr 37min 16sec
  74. Hilaire Couvreur (Carpano) @ 2hr 38min 10sec
  75. Mario Minieri (Ghighi) @ 2hr 39min 56sec
  76. Anatole Novak (Leroux-Gitane) @ 2hr 41min 13sec
  77. Jaak De Boever (Liberia-Grammont) @ 2hr 38min 6sec
  78. Guy Ignolin (Leroux-Grammont) @ 2hr 45min 35sec
  79. Bernard Viot (Peugeot) @ 2hr 47min 47sec
  80. Antonio Bailetti (Carpano) @ 2hr 56min 35sec
  81. Pino Cerami (Peugeot) @ 2hr 57min 32sec
  82. Italo Mazzacurati (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 2hr 58min 28sec
  83. Franco Magnani (Ghighi) @ 3hr 4min 53sec
  84. Robert Falaschi (Philco) @ 3hr 4min 59sec
  85. Jean Le Lan (St. Raphaël-Helyett) @ 3hr 24min 21sec
  86. Marc Huiart (Liberia-Grammont) @ 3hr 30min 26sec
  87. Luigi Sarti (Ghighi) @ 3hr 31min 51sec
  88. Giovanni Bettinelli (Legnano) @ 3hr 40min 8sec
  89. Giuseppe Tonucci (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 3hr 42min 59sec
  90. Jean Selic (Liberia-Grammont) @ 3hr 43min 43sec
  91. Dino Bruni (Gazzola) @ 3hr 43min 52sec
  92. Emilio Ciolli (Legnano) @ 3hr 44min 41sec
  93. Carlo Guargualiani (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 4hr 8min 9sec
  94. Augusto Marcaletti (Moschettieri-Ignis) @ 4hr 29min 28sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Federico Bahamontes (Margnat-Paloma): 137 points
  2. Imerio Massignan (Legnano-Pirelli): 77
  3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP): 70
  4. Charly Gaul (Gazzola): 58
  5. Josef Planckaert (Faema-Flandria): 37
  6. Eddy Pauwels (Wiel-Groene Leeuw): 35
  7. Rolf Wolfshohl (Leroux-Gitane): 33
  8. Juan Campillo (Margnat-Paloma): 32
  9. Jacques Anquetil (St. Raphaël-Helyett): 31
  10. Emile Daems (Philco): 18

Points Competition:

  1. Rudi Altig (St. Raphaël-Helyett): 173 points
  2. Émile Daems (Philco): 144
  3. Jean Graczyk (St. Raphaël-Helyett): 140
  4. Rino Benedetti (Moschettieri-Ignis): 135
  5. André Darrigade (Leroux-Gitane): 131
  6. Jacques Anquetil (St. Raphaël-Helyett): 99
  7. Willy Vannitsen (Wiels-Groene Leeuw): 83
  8. Josef Planckaert (Faema-Flandria): 77
  9. Gilbert Desmet (Faema-Flandria): 76
  10. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier): 73

Team Classification:

Calculated by using stage victories

  1. St. Raphaël-Helyett: 6 stage wins
  2. Mercier, Faema-Flandria, Wiels-Groene Leeuw :3
  3. Leroux-Gitane, Philco: 2
  4. Moschettieri-Ignis, Gazzola, Margnat-Paloma: 1

Stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Sunday, June 24, Nancy - Spa, 253 km

  1. Rudi Altig: 6hr 36min 53sec
  2. André Darrigade s.t.
  3. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  4. Jos Hoevenaers s.t.
  5. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  6. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  7. Piet Van Est s.t.
  8. Luis Otano s.t.
  9. Tom Simpson s.t.
  10. Hans Junkermann s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

  1. Rudi Altig: 6hr 35min 33sec
  2. André Darrigade: @ 30sec
  3. Rik Van Looy @ 1min
  4. Jos Hoevenaers s.t.
  5. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  6. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  7. Piet Van Est s.t.
  8. Luis Otano s.t.
  9. Tom Simpson s.t.
  10. Hans Junkermann s.t.

Stage 2A: Monday, June 25, Spa - Herentals, 147 km

  1. André Darrigade: 3hr 40min 48sec
  2. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  3. Willy Vannnitsen s.t.
  4. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  5. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  6. Bas Maliepaard s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Zorzi s.t.
  8. Piet Van Est
  9. Frans De Mulder s.t.
  10. Frans Schoubben s.t.

GC after Stage 2A:

  1. André Darrigade: 10hr 15min 51sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 30sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 30sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans s.t.
  5. Mies Stolker s.t.
  6. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  7. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  8. Diego Ronchini s.t.
  9. Antonio Suarez s.t.
  10. Henry Anglade s.t.

Stage 2B: Monday, June 25, Herentals 23 km Team Time Trial

Team times were calculated by adding up the first three finishing riders' times. Each riders' time was applied to his GC time.

  1. Faema-Flandria: 1hr 27min 3sec
  2. Gitane-Leroux @ 1mi 15sec
  3. St Raphaël-Helyett @ 1min 33sec
  4. Wiels-Groene-Leeuw @ 1min 42sec
  5. Ghigi @ 2min 6sec
  6. Philco @ 2min 42sec
  7. Moschettieri (Ignis) @ 3min 3sec
  8. Margnat-Paloma @ 3min 36sec
  9. Carpano @ 4min 39sec
  10. Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune @ 4min 57sec

GC after Stage 2B:

  1. André Darrigade: 10hr 45min 17sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 36sec
  3. Rik Van Looy @ 1min 5sec
  4. Piet Van Est s.t.
  5. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  6. Armand Desmet @ 1min 50sec
  7. Tom Simpson @ 1min 30sec
  8. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 36sec
  9. Mies Stolker s.t.
  10. Albertus Geldermans s.t.

Stage 3: Tuesday, June 26, Brussels - Amiens, 210 km

  1. Rudy Altig: 5hr 32min 20sec
  2. Joseph Grossard s.t.
  3. Willy Vannitsen s.t.
  4. Emile Daems s.t.
  5. André Darrigade s.t.
  6. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  7. Michel Van Aerde s.t.
  8. Jean Gainche s.t.
  9. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  10. Rik Van Looy s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Rudi Altig: 16hr 17min 13sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 24sec
  3. Rik Van Looy @ 1min 29sec
  4. Josef Planckaert s.t.
  5. Tom Simpson @ 1min 54sec
  6. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min
  7. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  8. Mies Stolker s.t.
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 2min 3sec
  10. Antonio Suarez @ 2min 11sec

Stage 4: Wednesday, June 27, Amiens - Le Havre, 196.5 km

  1. Willy Van Den Berghen: 4hr 51min 17sec
  2. Dino Bruni s.t.
  3. Rolf Wolfshohl s.t.
  4. Giancarlo Manzoni s.t.
  5. Jean-Claude Lebaube s.t.
  6. Rudi Altig @ 2min 15sec
  7. Frans Melckenbeeck s.t.
  8. Tiziano Galvanin s.t.
  9. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  10. Jean Graczyk s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Rudi Altig: 21hr 10min 45sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 35sec
  3. Rik Van Looy @ 1min 29sec
  4. Jozef Plackaert s.t.
  5. Tom Simpson @ 1min 54sec
  6. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min
  7. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  8. Mies Stolker s.t.
  9. Hans Junkermann @ 2min 3sec
  10. Antonio Suarez @ 2min 11sec

Stage 5: Thursday, June 28, Pont l'Evêque - St. Malo, 215

  1. Emile Daems: 5hr 21min 48sec
  2. Jean Graczyk @ 2sec
  3. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  4. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.
  5. Michel Van Aerde s.t.
  6. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  7. Jean Gainche s.t.
  8. Bas Maliepaard s.t.
  9. Joseph Velly s.t.
  10. Rudi Altig s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Rudi Altig: 26hr 32min
  2. André Darrigade @ 35sec
  3. Amile Daems @ 1min 21saec
  4. Rik Van Looy @ 1min 29sec
  5. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  6. Tom Simpson @ 1min 54sec
  7. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min
  8. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  9. Mies Stolker s.t.
  10. Hans Junkermann @ 2min 3sec

Stage 6: Friday, June 29, Dinard - Brest, 235 km

  1. Robert Cazala: 5hr 41min 21sec
  2. Willy Van Den Berghen s.t.
  3. Daniel Doom s.t.
  4. Rolf Wolfshohl s.t.
  5. Albertus Geldermans s.t.
  6. Guy Ignolin s.t.
  7. Francesco Miele s.t.
  8. Willy Schroeders s.t.
  9. Edouard Bihouee s.t.
  10. Jos Hoevenaers s.t.

GC after stage 6:

  1. Albertus Geldermans: 32hr 15min 56sec
  2. Jos Hoevenaers @ 23sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 3min 14sec
  4. André Darrigade @ 3min 49sec
  5. Emile Daems @ 4min 35sec
  6. Rik Van Looy @ 4min 43sec
  7. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  8. Tom Simpson @ 5min 8sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 5min 14sec
  10. Mies Stolker s.t.

Stage 7: Saturday, June 30, Quimper - St. Nazaire, 201 km

  1. Hubert Zilberberg: 4hr 30min 55sec
  2. Bas Maliepard s.t.
  3. Pierino Baffi @ 14sec
  4. Jean-Baptiste Claes s.t.
  5. Piet Van Est s.t.
  6. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  7. Joseph Thomin s.t.
  8. Fedele Rubagotti s.t.
  9. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  10. Italo Mazzacurati s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Albertus Geldermans: 36hr 48min 37sec
  2. Jos Hoevenaers @ 23sec
  3. André Darrigade @ 2min 22sec
  4. Jozef Planckaert @ 3min 2sec
  5. Rudi Altig @ 3min 7sec
  6. Hans Junkermann @ 3min 50sec
  7. Piet Van Est @ 3min 54sec
  8. Emile Daems @ 4min 35sec
  9. Rik Van Looy @ 4min 43sec
  10. Tom Simpson @ 5min 8sec

Stage 8A: Sunday, July 1, St. Nazaire - Luçon, 155 km

  1. Mario Minieri: 3hr 29min 1sec
  2. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  3. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  4. Bas Maliepard s.t.
  5. Dino Bruni s.t.
  6. André Darrigade s.t.
  7. Edgar Sorgeloos s.t.
  8. Bernard Viot s.t.
  9. Michel Van Aerde s.t.
  10. Pino Cerami s.t.

GC after Stage 8A:

  1. André Darrigade: 40hr 20min
  2. Tom Simpson @ 2min 46sec
  3. Luis Otano @ 3min 40sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans @ 3min 41sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 3min 54sec
  6. Willy Schroeders @ 4min
  7. Jos Hoevenaers @ 4min 4sec
  8. Henry Anglade @ 4min 7sec
  9. Jean Stablinski @ 4min 40sec
  10. Michel Van Aerde @ 5min 42sec

Stage 8B: Sunday, July 1, Luçon - La Rochelle 43 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 54min 4sec
  2. Ercole Baldini @ 22sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 46sec
  4. Jozef Planckaert @ 1min 7sec
  5. Antonio Suarez @ 1min 25sec
  6. Guido Carlesi @ 1min 41sec
  7. Willy Van Den Berghen @ 1min 49sec
  8. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 54sec
  9. Diego Ronchini @ 1min 55sec
  10. Antonio Bailetti @ 1min 58sec

GC after Stage 8B:

  1. André Darrigade: 41hr 18in 18sec
  2. Tom Simpson @ 51sec
  3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 21sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet @ 1min 59sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 2min
  6. Lusi Otano @ 2min 16sec
  7. Rudi Altig @ 3min 20sec
  8. Jean Stablinski @ 3min 21sec
  9. Jos Hoevenaers @ 3min 35sec
  10. Josef Planckaert @ 3min 36sec

Stage 9: Monday, July 2, La Rochelle - Bordeaux, 214 km

  1. Antonio Bailetti: 5hr 11min 17sec
  2. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  3. Franco Magnani s.t.
  4. Hubert Zilverberg s.t.
  5. Willy Schroeders t.t.
  6. Frans Melckenbeeck @ 4min 33sec
  7. Jean-Baptiste Claes s.t.
  8. Edouard Delberghe s.t.
  9. Alan Ramsbottom s.t.
  10. Jean Milesi s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Willy Schroeders: 46hr 33min 41sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 45sec
  3. Tom Simpson @ 1min 36sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min 6sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 2min 44sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 2min 45sec
  7. Luis Otano @ 3min 1sec
  8. Rudi Altig @ 4min 5sec
  9. Jean Stablinski @ 4min 6sec
  10. Jos Hoevenaers @ 4min 20sec

Stage 10: Tuesday, July 3, Bordeaux - Bayonne, 184.5 km

  1. Willy Vannitsen: 4hr 54min 2sec
  2. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  3. Rudi Altig s.t.
  4. Bernard Viot s.t.
  5. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  6. Giancarlo Gentina s.t.
  7. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  8. Michel Van Aerde s.t.
  9. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  10. Arthur De Cabooter s.t.

GC after Sage 10:

  1. Willy Schroeders: 51hr 27min 43sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 45sec
  3. Tom Simpson @ 1min 36sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min 6sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 2min 44sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 2min 45sec
  7. Luis Otano @ 3min 1sec
  8. Rudi Altig @ 4min 5sec
  9. Jean Stablinski @ 4min 6sec
  10. Jozef Planckaert @ 4min 21sec

Stage 11: Wednesday, July 4, Bayonne - Pau, 155.5 km

Major ascent: Osquisch

  1. Eddy Pauwels: 3hr 54min 36sec
  2. Arthur De Cabooter @ 4min 20sec
  3. Mario Minieri @ 4min 22sec
  4. Victor Van Schil @ 4min 24sec
  5. Emile Daems @ 4min 26sec
  6. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  7. Marcel Ongenae s.t.
  8. Bernard Viot s.t.
  9. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  10. Rino Benedetti s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Willy Schroeders: 55hr 26min 45sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 45sec
  3. Tom Simpson @ 1min 36sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans @ 2min 6sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 2min 44sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 2min 45sec
  7. Luis Otano @ 3min 1sec
  8. Rudi Altig @ 4min 5sec
  9. Jean Stablinski @ 4min 6sec
  10. Jozef Planckaert @ 4min 21sec

Stage 12: Thursday, July 5, Pau - St. Gaudens, 207.5 km

Major ascents: Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde

  1. Robert Cazala: 5hr 59min 27sec
  2. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  3. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  4. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  5. Eddy Pauwels s.t.
  6. Armand Desmet s.t.
  7. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  8. Federico Bahamontes s.t.
  9. Albertus Geldermans s.t.
  10. Victor Van Schill s.t.

18. Tom Simpson s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Tom Simpson: 61hr 27min 48sec
  2. Albertus Geldermans @ 30sec
  3. Gilbert Desmet @ 1min 8sec
  4. Luis Otano @ 1min 25sec
  5. Jozef Planckaert @ 2min 45sec
  6. Jacques Anquetil @ 3min 20sec
  7. Jos Hoevenaers @ 3min 32sec
  8. Hans Junkermann @ 5min 14sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 5min 35sec
  10. Antonio Suarez @ 5min 35sec

Stage 13: Friday, July 6, Luchon - Superbagnères 18.5 km Individual Time Trial

Major ascent: hilltop finish at Superbagnères

  1. Federico Bahamontes: 47min 23sec
  2. Jozef Planckaert @ 1min 25sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 28sec
  4. Charly Gaul @ 1min 29sec
  5. Hans Junkermann @ 2min 31sec
  6. Rolf Wolfshohl @ 2min 23sec
  7. Raymond Poulidor @ 3min 3sec
  8. Willy Van Den Berghen @ 3min 13sec
  9. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 3min 19sec
  10. Gilbert Desmet @ 3min 32sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 62hr 18min 51sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50sec
  3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 5sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  5. Luis Otano @ 2min
  6. Tom Simpson s.t.
  7. Hans Junkermann @ 4min 5sec
  8. Jos Hoevenaers @ 6min 33sec
  9. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 28sec
  10. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 52sec

Stage 14: Sunday, July 7, Luchon - Carcassonne, 215 km

Major ascents: Ares, Portet d'Aspet

  1. Jean Stablinski: 6hr 1min 50sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 12sec
  3. Emile Daems s.t.
  4. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  5. André Darrigade s.t.
  6. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  7. Marcel Ongenae s.t.
  8. Willy Van Den Berghen s.t.
  9. Eddy Pauwels s.t.
  10. Rolf Wolfshohl s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 68hr 21min 25sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50sec
  3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 5sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  5. Tom Simpson @ 2min
  6. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 28sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 52sec
  8. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 7min 57sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 8min 57sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 9min 27sec

Stage 15: Sunday, July 8, Carcassonne - Montpellier, 196.5 km

  1. Willy Vannitsen: 5hr 12min 44sec
  2. Rudi Altig s.t.
  3. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  4. André Darrigade s.t.
  5. Robert Cazala s.t.
  6. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  7. Giancarlo Gentina s.t.
  8. Gilbert Desmet s.t.
  9. Piet Van Est s.t.
  10. Bernard Viot s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 73hr 34min 9sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50sec
  3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 5sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  5. Tom Simpson @ 2min
  6. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 28sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 52sec
  8. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 7min 57sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 8min 57sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 9min 27sec

Stage 16: Monday, July 9, Montpellier - Aix en Provence, 185 km

  1. Emile Daems: 4hr 33min
  2. Antonio Bailetti @ 3min 2sec
  3. Bas Maliepard @ 7min 57sec
  4. Pierino Baffi s.t.
  5. Giancarlo Gentina s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Sartore s.t.
  7. Jacques De Boever s.t.
  8. Claude Mattio s.t.
  9. Jean Le Lan s.t.
  10. Rudi Altig @ 9min 19sec

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 78hr 16min 41sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  4. Albertus Geldermans @ 1min 35sec
  5. Tom Simpson @ 2min
  6. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 28sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 52sec
  8. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 7min 57sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 8min 57sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 9min 27sec

Stage 17: Tuesday, July 10, Aix en Provence - Juan les Pins, 201 km

  1. Rudi Altig: 5hr 27min 36sec
  2. Jos Hoevenaers s.t.
  3. Edouard Bihouee s.t.
  4. Edouard Delberghe s.t.
  5. André Darrigade @ 6min 11sec
  6. Rolf Wolfshohl s.t.
  7. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  8. Robert Cazala s.t.
  9. Bernard Viot s.t.
  10. Gilbert Desmet s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 83hr 50min 28sec
  2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  4. Albertus Geldemans @ 1min 35sec
  5. Tom Simpson @ 2min
  6. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 28sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 52sec
  8. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 7min 57sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 8min 57sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 9min 27sec

Stage 18: Wednesday, July 11, Juan les Pins - Briançon, 241.5 km

Major ascents: La Bonette, Vars, Izoard

  1. Emile Daems: 9hr 20min 6sec
  2. Imerio Massignan @ 1sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 3sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  5. Charly Gaul s.t.
  6. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  7. Federico Bahamontes @ 5sec
  8. Armand Desmet @ 16sec
  9. Tom Simpson @ 1min 19sec
  10. Eddy Pauwels @ 1min 33sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 93hr 10min 37sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  3. Tom Simpson @ 3min 16sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet @ 3min 39sec
  5. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 20sec
  6. Albertus Geldermans @ 7min 23sec
  7. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 9min 27sec
  8. Charly Gaul s.t.
  9. Raymond Poulidor @ 9min 59sec
  10. Eddy Pauwels @ 11min 45sec

Stage 19: Thursday, July 12, Briançon - Aix les Bains, 204.5 km

Major ascents: Lauteret, Luitel, Porte, Cucheron, Granier

  1. Raymond Poulidor: 6hr 25min 32sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 2min 30sec
  3. Federico Bahamontes s.t.
  4. André Darrigade @ 3min 16sec
  5. Emile Daems s.t.
  6. Jean Gainche s.t.
  7. Renzo Fontona s.t.
  8. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  9. Armand Desmet s.t.
  10. Piet Van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Jozef Planckaert: 99hr 39min 25sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 8sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 5min 43sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet @ 7min 15sec
  5. Albertus Geldermans @ 7min 23sec
  6. Tom Simpson @ 7min 30sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 7min 50sec
  8. Charly Gaul @ 9min 27sec
  9. Eddy Pauwels @ 12min 15sec
  10. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 14min 37sec

Stage 20: Friday, July 13, Bourgoin - Lyon 68 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 1hr 33min 35sec
  2. Ercole Baldini @ 2min 59sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 5min 1sec
  4. Jozef Planckaert @ 5min 19sec
  5. Gilbert Desmet @ 6min 6sec
  6. Henry Anglade @ 6min 15sec
  7. Albertus Geldermans @ 6min 49sec
  8. Victor Van Schil @ 7min 31sec
  9. Emile Daems @ 8min 6sec
  10. Antonio Bailetti @ 8min 0sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 101hr 13min 8sec
  2. Jozef Planckaert @ 5min 11sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 10min 36sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet @ 13min 13sec
  5. Albertus Geldermans @ 14min 4sec
  6. Tom Simpson @ 17min 21sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 18min 2sec
  8. Charly Gaul s.t.
  9. Ercole Baldini @ 19min
  10. Eddy Pauwels @ 23min 4sec

Stage 21: Saturday, July 14, Lyon - Nevers (Pougues les Eaux), 232 km

  1. Dino Bruni: 6hr 27min 2sec
  2. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  3. Jean Graczyk s.t.
  4. Arnaldo Pambiano s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Tonucci s.t.
  6. Luigi Sarti s.t.
  7. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  8. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  9. Daniel Doom s.t.
  10. Guillaume Van Tongerloo s.t.

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 107hr 40min 22sec
  2. Josef Planckaert @ 4min 59sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 10min 24sec
  4. Gilbert Desmet @ 13min 1sec
  5. Albertus Geldermans @ 14min 4sec
  6. Tom Simpson @ 17min 9sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 17min 50sec
  8. Charly Gaul @ 18min 2sec
  9. Ercole Baldini @ 19min
  10. Eddy Pauwels @ 23min 4sec

Stage 22 (Final Stage): Sunday, July 15, Nevers - Paris, 271 km

  1. Rino Benedetti: 6hr 50min 40sec
  2. Marcel Ongenae @ 9sec
  3. Pierre Beuffeuil s.t.
  4. Piet Van Est @ 52sec
  5. Pierino Baffi s.t.
  6. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  7. Antonio Bailetti s.t.
  8. Giorgio Zancanaro s.t.
  9. Edgar Sorgeloos s.t.
  10. Jan Graczyk s.t.

Complete Final 1962 Tour de France General Classification

The Story of the 1962 Tour de France:

This excerpt is from "The Story of the Tour de France", Volume 1. If you enjoy it we hope you will consider purchasing the book, either print or electronic. The Amazon link here will make either purchase easy.

The Tour abandoned the national team format and went back to trade teams. Both professional cycling and the bicycle industry itself were at a low ebb. For years the bicycle manufacturers had been begging the Tour to allow the reintroduction of trade teams, arguing that that the industry's very survival was at stake. The Tour was the most watched event in cycling and the sponsors badly needed the publicity. The Tour's national team format was cruel to the sponsors in another way: they still had to pay their riders' salaries during this publicity blackout. Feeling that the national teams made for a more honest race as well as lending dignity and stature to the competition the Tour organization was reluctant to make the change. Born out of the rational belief that the trade teams had colluded to fix the 1929 edition, Tour founder Henri Desgrange had adopted the national team format in 1930. For decades it was extremely successful even though there were times when it was obvious that riders often respected their trade team affiliation more than their national team allegiance. Bending to necessity Tour boss Goddet abandoned the national teams. They would be used again only in 1967 and 1968.

The organization of the Tour was altered when Emilion Amaury who owned Le Parisien Libéré became financially involved with the Tour. It was Amaury who had influenced the decision of the French Cycling Federation to award the Tour to Jacques Goddet after the end of World War Two. Felix Levitan, who had been been a writer in Amaury's paper, became the co-organizer of the Tour. Eventually it was worked out that Goddet would run the sporting side and Levitan concerned himself with the Tour's finances. The 2 did not like each other but they were able to make the relationship work until 1987 when Levitan was sacked.

Under the trade team system Anquetil would be riding the Tour for his St. Raphaël-Halyett team with teammate Rudi Altig. Among others on his team were his super-loyal friend Jean Stablinski, and Jean Graczyk, both of whom had ridden with Anquetil in earlier Tours on the national team. Observers wondered about the Altig-Anquetil chemistry. Anquetil entered the Vuelta a España (then held in the spring) hoping to add the third Grand Tour to his palmares. His powerful team suffocated the competition. But Altig, who had been granted some freedom, became the leader. Anquetil felt that this would all be fixed at the stage 15 individual time trial and that he would emerge the Vuelta's leader. But no, Altig was on form and even beat the crono master himself, Anquetil, by a second, retaining the leadership. This was no surprise as Altig was twice world professional pursuit champion. Anquetil did not start the final stage, complaining of gastric troubles. It's generally assumed that he quit rather than finish behind his German teammate. Other than this adventure, Anquetil's spring was unremarkable except for one piece of chutzpah. He wanted his director sportif and former rival and teammate, Raphaël Géminiani, replaced for the Tour. The sponsors refused.

This was the first Tour for one of the race's great legends, Raymond Poulidor. Inexplicably left off the French team in 1961 at the advice of Antonin Magne, Poulidor had enjoyed a spectacular 1961, his second year as a pro. That year he won Milan-San Remo and the French road championships, was second in the 4 Days of Dunkirk and third in the Midi Libéré and the World Road Championships. With national politics unable to block him in 1962 Poulidor was entered riding for Mercier with Magne as his director. As a metaphor of Poulidor's "almost" career, he started his first Tour with a cast on his recently broken wrist.

The 1962 Tour was counter-clockwise, starting in Nancy and heading straight up to Belgium for 3 stages. At 4,274 kilometers, it was about the usual length for a Tour of the time. With 24 stages (2 days had split stages), the average stage length was 178 kilometers, around 10 kilometers longer than the current standard.

Altig showed he had kept his Vuelta-winning form by winning the first stage and the first Yellow Jersey. While Anquetil, Carlesi, Simpson, Nencini and Anglade had finished up front, the peloton had badly fractured. Bahamontes and Poulidor ended the day about 8 minutes back. Half the field lost 10 to 30 minutes on the road that day. Without the guiding voice of Fausto Coppi, Bahamontes had slid back to his old way of riding for the climber's prize rather than for the overall victory.

The reigning world champion, Rik van Looy, was nicknamed the "Emperor of Herentals" for both his hometown in Belgium and the authoritative way he treated the other riders. He took a wrong turn at the end of the second stage when the Tour finished in the city of his birth and missed a chance to win the second stage. André Darrigade won the stage and took the lead. Van Looy's Flandria squad avenged the embarrassment by winning that afternoon's team time trial which was also held in Herentals. This team time trial didn't affect the individual rider's standings as it was only used to calculate the competition for the Tour's best team.

The next day Altig won the 41-man sprint at Amiens and retook the Yellow Jersey when the Tour returned to France. Anquetil, staying out of trouble, was the last man in the front group. No one seemed to be able to keep the lead for long. When a big group rolled off the front of the peloton in stage 6 that finished in Brest, Altig and Anquetil's Dutch domestique Albertus Geldermans were sent up to the break to keep an eye on things and protect the team's interests. When the break crossed the line 5 minutes ahead of the peloton Geldermans became the new Yellow Jersey.

Geldermans could only stay in the lead for 2 days. A successful 30-man break in stage 8a put Darrigade in Yellow. Tom Simpson had been staying close to the action so far and had been sharp enough to be in that Darrigade break. He was now sitting in second place, more than 2 minutes behind.

That afternoon Anquetil began his serious assault on the Tour when he won the 43-kilometer individual time trial. Baldini was second at 22 seconds and Altig third, 46 seconds behind. Notable for later in the Tour, Jozef Planckaert was fourth, a little over a minute slower than Anquetil.

After stage 8b, the first of the 3 individual time trials and still a few days before the Pyrenees, the General Classification stood thus:

1. André Darrigade
2. Tom Simpson @ 51 seconds
3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1 minutes 21 seconds
4. Gilbert Desmet @ 1 minute 59 seconds
5. Henry Anglade @ 2 minutes
6. Luis Otano @ 2 minutes 16 seconds
7. Rudy Altig @ 3 minutes 20 seconds
12. Jacques Anquetil @ 4 minutes 11 seconds

The day after the time trial Darrigade had to relinquish the lead when another break was able to stick it out to the end of the stage. Flandria's Willy Schroeders was the new unlikely (or so it seemed) leader. Schroeders kept the Yellow Jersey for 3 days, even through the first of the relatively minor climbing in the Pyrenees in stage 11. During that stage 11 one of the Tour's following motorcycles crashed and caused about 30 riders to fall. Most notably, Rik van Looy, the only rider in cycling history to win all the classics, was forced to abandon. Van Looy might not have been accruing high placings, but had been racing aggressively, keeping the others on their toes.

Stage 10: Willy Vannitsen wins the stage in Bayonne. Rino Bennedetti in the Ignis jersey is a close second. The broad-shouldered man on the far right getting third is Rudi Altig.

Stage 12, from Pau to St. Gaudens, promised a reordering of the standing with 3 big mountains on the menu: the Tourmalet, the Aspin and the Peyresourde. It was too much for Schroeders who finished over 8 minutes back as the major contenders completed the stage together in a group of 18. Bahamontes, gathering all possible King of the Mountains points was careful to be the first to the top of each climb. That day Tom Simpson made history by being the first British rider to wear yellow. Geldermans was second now, at 30 seconds. Anquetil had moved up to sixth at 3 minutes, 20 seconds.

The next day's mountain stage was an 18.5-kilometer uphill time trial to Superbagnères. 34-year-old Bahamontes was first but the real news was that Jozef Planckaert came in second beating third-place Anquetil by 3 seconds and Charly Gaul by 4. Planckaert was now the leader. Anquetil was sitting at fourth, 1 minute, 8 seconds back. Planckaert was a complete rider. He was the reigning Belgian Road Champion and had won Paris-Nice and Liege-Bastogne-Liege that spring. The Yellow Jersey was resting on very strong shoulders.

Stage 14 was supposed to be a hard day with the Ares and the Portet d'Aspet mountains and then a final climb to the fortified city of Carcassonne, but it was made harder for some by what has now come to be known as the "Wiel's Affair". Hans Junkermann, riding for the Wiel's team, had been ill the night before the stage started. He asked for and was granted a delay to the start of the stage. After the Superbagnères time trial the day before, Junkermann was sitting in seventh place, only 4 minutes down on Planckaert. Given Junkermann's high placing and status as the Wiel's team captain, the delay seemed reasonable. The pack rolled off and pretty soon Junkermann was off the back and then off his bike, unable to continue. Junkermann claimed that he had been sickened by bad fish served at the hotel the evening before. 14 of the Tour's entrants, including Nencini, Schroeders and 3 of Junkermann's teammates, also had to withdraw during the stage. In all, 8 teams were affected. "Foul," cried the hotel, "we didn't serve any fish." This was a hot day and it is now believed that doping gone wrong was at the root of the rider's troubles. One cartoonist drew a picture of the riders at the dinner table with syringes for the fish bones. The riders were furious at the way the newspapers handled the affair and threatened to strike. Louison Bobet's brother, Jean, talked them out of making a bad situation worse. Note for future events in Tour history that the riders were incensed at being ridiculed for an obvious lie. They believed that they had the right to dope and no one could call them on it.

Stage 14: Raymond Populidor on the Portet d'Aspet

With the climbing in the Pyrenees over and the peloton a bit lighter by 14 riders, the General Classification stood thus:

1. Jozef Planckaert
2. Gilbert Desmet @ 50 seconds
3. Albertus Geldermans @ 1 minute 5 seconds
4. Jacques Anquetil @ 1 minute 8 seconds
5. Tom Simpson @ 2 minutes

As the Tour traveled across southern France the standings changed little. The eighteenth stage should have been brilliant with climbing fireworks: climbers Massignan, Gaul and newcomer Poulidor were sitting 7 to 9 minutes behind Planckaert, and were running out of time to take the Tour. With a 68-kilometer time trial coming up at the twentieth stage, Anquetil was in a marvelous position. The others should have been expected to attack him on a day that had the Restefond (a climb new to the Tour that year), the Vars and the Izoard. Instead it was a strange day. The first 100 kilometers took 4 hours to cover. Then the attacks came but flat tires and a neutralizing tendency among the better riders ended up letting a pure sprinter, Emile Daems, win the day. Planckaert had adopted the suicidal strategy of staying with Anquetil no matter where he went, no matter how fast or slow he rode. While this made Anquetil nervous and angry, the tactic left Planckaert open for destruction when the time trial came. At the end of the stage with Poulidor, Planckaert, Anquetil, Gaul and Massignan finishing almost at the same time, the standings were unaffected. Anquetil remained 1 minute, 8 seconds behind Planckaert although he was now in second place, Desmet and Geldermans having lost time that day.

Stage 19 gave the adventurous climbers a chance to repeat history. It followed the same route as the legendary twenty-first stage of the 1958 Tour where Charly Gaul had single-handedly destroyed the entire field and crushed Géminiani's quest for Tour victory. The manager of Raymond Poulidor's Mercier team was the great rider of the 1930's, Antonin Magne. Magne told Poulidor that he should not aspire to be the best injured rider in the Tour. Now that the cast had been taken from his hand he should shoot for greatness and this stage with its hilly roads in the Chartreuse Mountains would be perfect. Sitting in ninth place in the General Classification and almost 10 minutes behind Planckaert, he wasn't considered a threat and therefore could count on being allowed some freedom. At the top of the third major climb of the day, the Porte, Poulidor was a full minute clear of his nearest chaser, Henry Anglade. On the next climb, the Cucheron, he was still clear of Bahamontes by a minute, with Anquetil and Planckaert 2 minutes, 40 seconds further back. By the end of the stage in Aix-les-Bains Bahamontes and Anglade had come together but they lost ground while Poulidor pressed his advantage. Poulidor won the stage with a 2 minute, 30 second lead over Bahamontes and Anglade. Anquetil, Planckaert, Gaul and 16 others were 3 minutes, 16 seconds in arrears. This fantastic ride lifted Poulidor to third place.

With the climbing done and the riders facing the final individual time trial, the standings were thus:

1. Jozef Planckaert
2. Jacques Anquetil @ 1 minute 8 seconds
3. Raymond Poulidor @ 5 minutes 43 seconds
4. Gilbert Desmet @ 7 minutes 15 seconds
5. Albertus Geldermans @ 7 minutes 23 seconds
6. Tom Simpson @ 7 minutes 30 seconds

The twentieth stage was a 68-kilometer time trial from Bourgoin to Lyon. Planckaert was only going to win the Tour if something dreadful kept Anquetil from doing well that day. No such luck for the Belgian. Anquetil was stunning, riding at 43.6 kilometers an hour. He caught his 3-minute man Poulidor at the halfway mark, beating the accomplished Baldini by 3 minutes, Poulidor by 5 minutes and Planckaert by 5 minutes, 19 seconds. In the 1 hour, 33 minutes Anquetil needed to ride the time trial, he had clinched his third Tour win. He was now tied with Thys and Bobet, although Bobet was the only member of the trio who had won 3 years in a row. The 1962 Tour set a new record, being raced at an average speed of 37.306 kilometers an hour.

Final 1962 Tour de France General Classification:

1. Jacques Anquetil (St. Raphaël-Halyett): 114 hours 31 minutes 54 seconds
2. Jozef Planckaert (Faema-Flandria) @ 4 minutes 59 seconds
3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier) @ 10 minutes 24 seconds
4. Gilbert Desmet (Carpano) @ 13 minutes 1 second
5. Albertus Geldermans (St. Raphaël-Halyett) @ 14 minutes 4 seconds
6. Tom Simpson (Leroux-Gitane) @ 17 minutes 9 seconds

Climbers' competition:

1. Federico Bahamontes: 137 points
2. Imerio Massignan: 77 points
3. Raymond Poulidor: 70 points

Points competition:

1. Rudi Altig: 173 points
2. Emile Daems: 144 points
3. Jean Graczyk: 140 points