The King of the Sprint title is awarded according to the following rules:
- The King of the Sprint is the winner of the most recent title race.
- Only races on the UCI calendar (apart from criteriums) can be title races.
- A race can only be a title race if the titleholder takes part.
- A race can only be a title race if it ends in a mass sprint. A final sprint is a mass sprint if at least (more or less) half of the riders that finish the race cross the line in the same group. Small time gaps as a result of the sprint and crashes in (the run-up to) the sprint are not taken into account.
- Although the King of the Sprint jury has the final say about whether a possible title race ends in a mass sprint – and thus, whether a possible title race is an official title race – it takes into account as many different views on the matter as possible, e.g. race reports, interviews, tweets about the race, etc. It is, therefore, not impossible that a race in which considerably fewer than half of the riders finish in the same group is declared a title race.
- If the titleholder does not finish a race that eventually ends in a mass sprint, he loses his title. If the race does not end in a mass sprint, he retains his title. If the titleholder does not start in a stage of a stage race, he retains his title.
- The titleholder has to take part in a race on the UCI calendar within three months (i.e. on the last day of the third month at the latest) after his last race. The period from 16 October until 15 January is not taken into account. If the titleholder fails to abide by this rule, whatever the reason, then the rider who finished second in the last title race becomes the new titleholder. The new titleholder’s three-month period starts on the first day of the fourth month after the last title race.
- If the winner of a title race is disqualified as a result of a decision by the race commissairies or a suspension, the title is passed on to the rider who finished second in the title race. The results of any subsequent title races, however, are not changed.