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60th Paris-Roubaix 1962 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Van Looy… AGAIN!

Defending champion and reigning World Champion Rik Van Looy was dominating his rivals during the early 1962 season. His “ Rainbow Jersey ” served as a bulls-eye for the 164 P-R starters. Van Looy's Faeme-Flandria team controlled the peloton as the race approached the Hill at Doullens. Van Looy shattered the field with a strong attack up the hill. Quickly a 40 rider group was thinned to 15.

With 15 km to go Raymond Poulidor generated an elite group of 5 as the contenders jockeyed for position in the line. Poulidor attacked again at the Roubaix city line. Van Looy answered easily and counter-attacked. He entered the velodrome alone and crossed the finish line for his second consecutive Paris-Roubaix victory.

P-R April 9, 1962
258 Km, St. Denis (north of Paris) to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Rik VAN LOOY (Bel) 6h43'57”

2. Emile Daems (Bel)
3. Frans Schoubben (Bel)
Starters: 164
Finishers: 76
Average Speed: 38.321 km/h

 

 

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