This will be a “wall climbing” stage, with a set of steep ascents (“muri”) crammed into 3 laps of a challenging circuit, as the peloton will tackle the Loreto climb (namely the stage finish) and the Recanati climb (up Via Paolina Leopardi) three times. The approach is downhill all the way from the Sibylline Mountains, through Camerino, to the valley of River Potenza, where the route eventually ascends up Montefano and Osimo, before entering the final circuit.
The closing circuit (25 km) takes in climbs in Loreto and in Recanati. The final kilometres run entirely uphill, with gradients nearing 10%. The finish line lies on a 7-m wide asphalt straight.