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
The stage victory.
It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
The Blue Jersey has been sponsored by Yorkshire Bank / Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.
It is worn by the leader of the points classification.
The Green Jersey has been sponsored by ASDA.
It is worn by the best climber. Points for best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope.
The Red has been sponsored by Virgin trains.
It is worn by the most agressive rider of the day.
The Grey Jersey has been sponsored by Dimension Data.
This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each squad in each stage.