The rules are the bible for a sporting competition. Through their balance and subtleties, they must ensure equality, motivate the riders and help spectators and viewers to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points in the rules.
Leaders jerseys and other standings
Whether leaders of a team or merely a team-mate, the riders on the Paris-Nice try to excel, either individually or as a team. According to the stage profiles, changes in the general standings or some unexpected circumstance during the race, each rider adapts his objectives to the situation. The winners of the various prizes eventually share the honours and the money at stake with their team-mates. Enough to make (almost!) everybody happy.
The stage victory has been sponsored by Domitys.
It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL.
It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points can be won on intermediate sprints and at stage finishes.
The Green Jersey has been sponsored by Škoda.
It is worn by the best climber. Points for best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope.
The Red Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Antargaz.
It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years or less in the general individual time classification.
The White Jersey has been sponsored by Easy Shower.
This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each squad in each stage.