Jacques Anquetil of the Saint-Raphaël won the 1962 Tour de France–Helyett–Hutchinson team, defending his title to win his third Tour de France. Jef Planckaert (Flandria–Faema–Clément) placed second, 4 min 59 s in arrears, and Raymond Poulidor (Mercier–BP–Hutchinson) was third, over ten minutes behind Anquetil.
The 1962 Tour was an exciting battle, with Anquetil’s teammate Rudi Altig taking the first general classification leader’s yellow jersey after winning the first stage. He lost it to André Darrigade of Gitane–Leroux–Dunlop–R the following day. Geminiani, who won stage 2a before regaining it after winning stage three. Saint-Raphaël rider Albertus Geldermans took the lead after stage six. He held it for two stages before Darrigade returned it for the next two. Flandria rider Willy Schroeders then led the race between the end of stage nine and the end of eleven, at this point, Schroeders’ teammate Rik Van Looy, a significant pre-race favorite, abandoned the race with an injury. The following day, British rider Tom Simpson (Gitane–Leroux) became the first rider outside mainland Europe to wear the yellow jersey. He lost it to Planckaert after stage thirteen’s individual time trial to Superbagnères in the Pyrenees. He held the lead for seven stages, which included the Alps. Anquetil’s victory in the individual time trial of stage twenty put him in the yellow jersey, which he held until the race’s conclusion.
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