This will be a very challenging stage, taking in a number of harsh climbs (“walls”), although not all categorized, especially in the final part. After the first 80 km, quite uncomplicated until Cagli, the route ascends to San Gregorio di Fermignano and passes close to the finish. Next, the route takes in climbs up Sant’Ippolito, Villa del Monte (KOM, max. gradient: 19%), Cartoceto and Monteguiduccio (KOM, max. gradient: 19%), and drops down to the finish line in Fossombrone, marking the beginning of the final circuit (to be covered twice).
The final 9.2-km circuit is to be covered twice. The route ascends in hairpins up the Cappuccini climb (2.8 km), with gradients constantly above 12% and peaks topping out at 19% halfway. The last climb marks 5.6 km from the finish line, including 4 km of a fast-running descent with some hairpins, and 1,600 m on level road. The home straight is 700 m long, on asphalt road, with a mild uphill gradient.