This is the longest stage of the Giro 2018: 239 km. From Penne the course runs across the central Appenines, skirting east of the Gran Sasso and the Sibillini Mountains up to Umbria’s Appenine. Countless short climbs, including 3 categorised ones, lead to a wavy finish fit for punchers, though a sprint cannot be ruled out. Few km after the start, the course runs across Farindola and soon after near what is left of the Hotel Rigopiano (18.01.2017). Past Ascoli Piceno, the race goes across some towns and villages hit by the earthquake in August 2016.