PHOTOS

A BRIEF HISTORY

Born on May 19, 1940, Jan Janssen was an accomplished rider in the Grand Tours and one-day classics. Janssen won the Tour de France in 1968 in front of Herman Van Springel and Ferdinand Bracke of Belgium.

Janssen was also 2nd to Lucien Aimar of France in the 1966 Tour de France.

Janssen won the Tour de France Points Jersey three times, in 1964, 1965, and 1967.

Janssen’s sole victory in the Tour was as follows: Going into the final stage of the 1968 Tour de France, Janssen was behind the race leader, Herman Van Springel, by 16 seconds. The last stage was a 34 mile (55 km) individual time trial.

Van Springel was an accomplished time trialist compared to Janssen who was more of an all-rounder, a sprinter, who had won the Points Jersey on three separate occasions in the Tour de France.

Janssen rode the race of his life. He not only won the time trial, but won the overall race by 38 seconds over a demoralized Van Springel.

That year, Janssen became the first Dutchman to win the Tour. He also won the Tour while not wearing the leader’s jersey anytime during the race except after the final stage.

In other Grand Tour events, Janssen won the Vuelta a Espana in 1967 over Jean-Pierre Ducasse of France and Aurelio Gonzales of Spain.

Janssen also won the Points Jersey twice in the Vuelta a Espana in 1967 and 1968.

In one-day events, Janssen won the World Championship Road Race in 1964 over Vittorio Adorni of Italy and Raymond Poulidor of France. Janssen also was 2nd in 1967 to Eddy Merckx of Belgium.

Janssen won the Paris-Roubaix Classic in 1967 in front of Rik Van Looy of Belgium and Rudi Altig of Germany.

Janssen was also 2nd in the 1966 Paris-Roubaix behind Felice Gimondi of Italy, and was 3rd in the 1963 race behind Emile Daems and Rik Van Looy of Belgium.

In addition, Janssen won the Championship of Zurich in 1962.

PALMARES

1961

  • 1st Stage 13 Tour de l’Avenir

1962

  • 1st Züri-Metzgete
  • 3rd Overall Tour de l’Avenir
  • 1st Stage 1
  • 1st Stage 4
  • 1st Stage 7
  • 3rd Overall Olympia’s Tour
  • 1st Stage 4

1963

  • 1st Stage 2b (TTT) Tour de France
  • 1st Stage 7 Tour de France
  • 2nd Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
  • 1st Stage 3
  • 1st Stage 5

1964

  • 1st Jersey World Road Race Champion
  • 1st Jersey Points classification Tour de France
  • 1st Stage 7
  • 1st Stage 10a
  • 1st Overall Paris–Nice

1965

  • 1st Jersey green.svg Points classification Tour de France
  • 1st Stage 12
  • 1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
  • 1st Stage 3
  • 1st Stage 7a Critérium du Dauphiné
  • 1st Stage 1 Grand Prix du Midi Libre
  • 1st Stage 4a Tour du Sud-Est

1966

  • 1st Bordeaux–Paris
  • 1st Brabantse Pijl

1967

  • 1st Overall Super Prestige Pernod
  • 1st Jersey Overall Vuelta a España
  • 1st Jersey Points classification
  • 1st Stage 1b
  • 5th Overall Tour de France
  • 1st Jersey Points classification
  • 1st Stage 13
  • 1st Paris–Roubaix

1968

  • 1st Jersey Overall Tour de France
  • 1st Stage 14
  • 1st Stage 22b
  • 6th Overall Vuelta a España
  • 1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
  • 1st Stage 1a
  • 1st Stage 1b
  • 1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
  • 1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Mallorca

1969

  • 1st Overall Vuelta a Mallorca
  • 1st Stage 2
  • 1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné
  • 1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
  • 1st Grand Prix d’Isbergues

1970

  • 1st Stage 6 Paris–Nice
  • 1st Stage 3a Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco
  • 1st Stage 2 Grand Prix du Midi Libre

1972

  • 1st Stage 2 Tour de Luxembourg

VIDEOS

21 juli Jan Janssen (1968) from Vandaag Voorheen on Vimeo.

Jan Janssen, Gerrie Knetemann, Jan Raas and Hennie Kuiper training somewhere near Putte-Kapellen in Belgium. (TI-Raleigh – 1978) – no sound. Four former World champions (1964, 1975, 1978, 1979)

The man on the right is Jan Janssen.

TI Raleigh Training – 1978 from Hennie Kuiper on Vimeo