The first days of Paris-Nice were mostly flat, some nasty crashes occurred. Jelle didn’t fall, but lost some time. The general classification was never a goal. In the 4th stage, Jelle showed himself explicitly at the front of the race on a climb of the second category. Team Sky climbed with a hard pace, but Jelle tried several times to break away from the group.
During the 6th stage to Fayence Jelle was able to compete for stage victory. He had to settle for a 19th place at 11 seconds of the winner Betancur. Also, in the 7th stage Jelle was constantly at the front of the race, he was very strong during the climbs.