CATANIA – MESSINA
172 km – 1200 m vertical elevation
The stage touches many hallmark locations of the Giro in Sicily. The route will take the peloton from Catania to Messina, from the eastern coast, up the mild slopes of Portella Mandrazzi, to the northern coast, hitting Villafranca Tirrena and Ganzirri, with the tall steel tower of the former overhead power line, referred to as Pilone dello Stretto. This will be a sprinters’ stage that will most likely close in a bunch sprint.
PALMI – SCALEA (Riviera dei Cedri)
192 km – 900 m vertical elevation
A rolling stage that will likely call for another sprint finish. After a bumpy first part through Mileto, Vibo Valentia and Pizzo, the route follows the short undulations of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, heading for an expected fast-running finale for the compact peloton.
SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA – REGGIO EMILIA
201 km – 480 m vertical elevation
A pan-flat stage, with the longest route of the Giro (on par with stage 3). The course runs straight along the ancient Via Emilia and across the lowlands, from the start all the way to Bologna. Past Bologna, the stage touches some of the towns in the seismic crater of the 2012 earthquake: San Giovanni in Persiceto, Crevalcore, Camposanto, Carpi and Correggio. The route then continues along flat and straight roads all the way to Reggio Emilia, for an expected bunch sprint.
SANREMO – CUNEO
157 km – 1450 m vertical elevation
A relatively short and moderately difficult stage. The route is the one of the 2020 ‘summertime Sanremo’, in reverse. Starting in Sanremo, the stage touches Imperia, clears the Colle di Nava, and reaches Ceva, heading towards Cuneo. Some of the most iconic locations of the Giro in the area, such as the Vicoforte sanctuary and Mondovì, are back on the route after many seasons. A fast-running finale across the plains around Cuneo will lead all the way to the closing sprint.
BORGO VALSUGANA – TREVISO
146 km – 570 m vertical elevation
This will be the last bunch sprint finish of the 2022 Giro. At first, the route follows the mild undulations of the iconic Scale di Primolano all the way to the valley of the Piave river, and then crosses the Prosecco wine‑producing district, between Valdobbiadene and Refrontolo. After taking in the final ascent to Muro di Ca’ del Poggio, the route reaches the lowlands around Treviso, where the peloton will take the closing circuit before the final sprint.