This very long stage initially winds its way along trunk and fast-flow roads, with some tunnels along the route. The stage course straightens and levels out past Agropoli, following the Tyrrhenian coast all the way to Salerno. Here, and for the last 55 km, the route starts to climb (with milder or harsher gradients) all the way to the outskirts of Avellino. The road is narrow and worn out at points along the coast, and urban areas are dotted with roundabouts, traffic islands and speed bumps. The final climb leading to Montevergine di Mercogliano begins just past Torrette di Mercogliano. Final kilometres:
this will be the second summit finish. The average gradient is around 6%. The route is marked by a series of short straight stretches, connected by mild bends and alternating with a large number of wide hairpins (18). The route runs under the cable railway just past the red flag, and clears the last hairpin 600 m before the finish. The home straight (150 m in length, 6 m in width) has a 5% uphill gradient. Download here the Giro 101 Safety and Security Plan.