Culminating in a summit finish, this short but challenging stage will take the peloton to the highest altitude (1,450 m) at the Prati di Tivo KOM. After climbing up to Forca di Arrone, the route reaches the Piana Reatina, passes through Rieti, tackles the Sella di Corno climb, and then takes a long descent to the outskirts of L’Aquila. After Passo Capannelle (‘Superior’ category summit), a long descent (approx. 30 km) follows. The roads are ever-bending, with two well-lit tunnels along the route. The last 14 km rise steadily towards the ski resort.
The closing climb (14.5 km) has a 7% average gradient (with peaks topping out at 12%) and 22 hairpin bends. The slopes are sharper in the first part, touching the steepest gradients in Pietracamela, where the intermediate sprint is set. The final three kilometres have a steady 7% pitch. The home straight (approx. 200 m) is on 7 m wide tarmac.