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.