The 1962 Tour de France was the 49th edition of the Tour de France, one
of cycling's Grand Tours. The 4,274-kilometre (2,656 mi) race consisted
of 22 stages, including two split stages, starting in Nancy on 24 June
and finishing at the Parc des Princes in Paris on 15 July. For the
first time since 1929, the Tour was contested by trade teams instead of
national teams. Victory in the individual time trial of stage 20 put
Jacques Anquetil (pictured) in the general classification leader's
yellow jersey, which he held until the conclusion of the race to win his
third Tour de France, defending his title. Jef Planckaert placed second,
and Raymond Poulidor third. In the other race classifications, Rudi
Altig won the points classification, and Federico Bahamontes won the
mountains classification. Anquetil's team Saint-
Raphaël–Helyett–Hutchinson won the team classification, and Eddy
Pauwels won the award for most combative rider. Altig and Emile Daems
won the most stages, with three each.
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