Benvenuti in Ticino! Stage 5 is a pure “Tessin stage”. The sunny region of Switzerland hosts a truly classic stage. After the start next to the new ice hockey stadium of HC Ambri-Piotta, the peloton sets off on its journey south. The first attacks are anticipated on the ascent to Monte Ceneri. The approximately 80-kilometre-long additional circuit, which will be completed a little more than twice, could develop into an elimination race. The classic specialists will no doubt make the race hard and fast. The constant ups and downs on sections of the 2009 Mendrisio World Cup course culminate in Novazzano.