The route runs basically flat along the plains surrounding the start and finish cities, coming across minor climbs and mild descents, villages, roundabouts and speed bumps. The road narrows at km 90, where the route covers a short stretch of the cycle path. While approaching the finish, the route takes in the first categorised climb of the Giro, measuring 1.1 km in length, and with gradients topping 11%. The stage finale leads to an 8.6-km city circuit within Nijmegen, to be covered twice. Wind will be the major challenge along the route. The final 8.6-km circuit, to be covered twice, runs along wide, straight urban avenues, dotted with roundabouts. The route passes over the Waal River twice on bridges that have slight up- and downhill gradients. The home straight is 350 m long, on 8-m wide asphalt road. The final kilometres are slightly curved, but with no real bends.