The stage is divided into two circuits. In the first 90 kilometres, the route covers 3 laps of the Monte Pitoro circuit (approx. 24 km), climbing up from Stiava and descending into Camaiore. After the third pass, the route takes three nearly full laps of a large and flat 29 km circuit running from Pietrasanta to Lido di Camaiore, heading for a sprint finish in Lido di Camaiore.
The final kilometres are perfectly flat and straight, with just two bends in the closing part. The finish line lies on an 8 m wide tarmac road.
This stage is wavy and undulating, especially in the second part. Starting in Camaiore and cutting through the Pisa plain, the route passes Pisa, Ponsacco and Lajatico, and then reaches Volterra. Once in the Siena area, the stage takes in some milder or sharper undulations through Rosia, Casciano di Murlo and Monticiano (including a categorised climb in Poggio alla Croce). Past the plain of San Galgano Abbey, the route heads up towards Chiusdino the first time, then drops back towards San Galgano taking a circuit (of approx. 27 km), and eventually goes up again, heading for the finish.
The final kilometres run mostly uphill, with several bends. The finish sits on 7 m wide tarmac.
The stage is initially wavy, while the second part is essentially flat. The route crosses the Siena area, passing Murlo and Asciano, reaches Cortona and then enters Umbria, taking in the only categorised climb of the day in Poggio della Croce. After dropping into Gubbio, the road flattens and straightens out all the way to the finish.
The closing kilometres are wavy at first, then run essentially uphill. There is a sharp left-hander at the last kilometre, followed by a succession of wide bends leading into the home straight, which rises slightly with gradients nearing 4%. The finish line lies on an 8 m wide asphalt straight.
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.
This stage takes a long ride up the Adriatic coast before tackling a tough finale. Starting in Castellalto, the route descends across the urban centre, all the way to the valley floor. The first 100 km are raced on wide and straight roads, mainly along the coast. Upon reaching Castelfidardo, the route takes a first pass through the Selva della Battaglia and then enters the closing circuit, to be covered 4 times. The circuit (approx. 23 km) is a succession of climbs and descents, with just one short flat stretch, roughly halfway. The first ‘wall’ (where KOM points will be awarded upon each pass) has gradients of around 18% over long stretches in the final part.
The final kilometres undulate continuously, with two-figure uphill gradients past San Rocchetto. The last kilometre across urban Castelfidardo is fairly complex, as the route rises steadily and markedly all the way to the home straight, on tarmac road.
Wavy at first, the route then levels out and eventually takes an uncomplicated closing circuit (one large lap and 4 small laps). Upon reaching the Fermo area, the stage passes over the finish and takes the long lap, climbing all the way to Fermo, dropping towards Tre Archi and passing over the finish again.
Four short laps follow, featuring a brief ascent up the first kilometre of the Capodarco climb. The route then heads towards San Marco, eventually reaching the finish. The home straight is on flat tarmac (8.5 m wide).
This is an individual time trial of 11.1 km, with a different route than previous years. Starting from the ‘Riviera delle Palme’ stadium, the stage takes the railway underpass and merges onto the ‘traditional’ route, in the opposite direction. After descending towards Porto d’Ascoli and arriving in Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto, the stage takes a U-turn and proceeds northbound along the sea. The route briefly takes the opposite roadway after km 6 of racing. Past the port, the course heads towards Grottammare, runs around the old stadium and then continues southbound, heading for the finish. The stage is largely played out on wide and straight tarmac roads.
The last 3 km run along wide and mainly straight roads, with many 90-degree turns. There is one last double bend 300 m before the finish line, which sits on 8 m wide tarmac.