After losing the yellow jersey by a mere six seconds in the newly established Prologue, Raymond Poulidor again watches his chances for Tour glory fade over the ensuing weeks. His French national teammate Roger Pingeon grabbed the yellow jersey after making a strategic breakaway on Stage 5 to Jambes. And when Poulidor lost 12 minutes on Stage 8 to Belfort after flatting and crashing, he had little choice but help his teammate Pingeon win the Tour.
Roger Pingeons solitary breakaway between Roubaix and Jambes.
Tragedy struck on the mythic Mount Ventoux when British rider Tom Simpson collapsed and died as he neared the summit. Simpson, sixth in the 1962 Tour, was British cycling's top hope. But the severe heat of the Ventoux, combined with the traces of performance enhancing drugs found in his blood proved to be mortal. Race director Jacques Goddet remembered Simpson's death as his worst day as the Tour director.
Last finish at the Parc des Princes, which was demolished (stage victory for Poulidor).
Last rider: Genet (88th) at 2 h 21 min.
Tom Simpsons deadly collapse on the Mont Ventoux slopes.
National team structure returns; introduction of the prologue.
Cuban guerrilla Che Guevara is killed; Truman Capote publishes "In Cold Blood"; the Six-Day War erupts up in the Middle East; Beatles record "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; saxophone great John Coltrane dies.