The stage is rolling. The route starts uphill, crosses the Apennines and then takes a long descent to Prato. Next, a succession of sharper or gentler ascents and descents, including the Montalbano (Castra) categorised climb, leads to the final kilometres, raced on undulating and twisting roads.
The final 4 km start on narrow urban roads, with sharp bends, followed by broad, straight avenues, with a few roundabouts in-between. The home straight (900 m) is on 7 m wide asphalt road.