The stage course combines a flat start and a challenging second half across the Gargano. From Giovinazzo to Manfredonia, the route unfolds on straight roads along the Adriatic coast. Past Manfredonia, the profile changes considerably as the route takes in the Monte Sant’Angelo climb, and then winds its way along the coastal road, following the constant undulations all the way to Vieste.
The closing circuit (14.5 km) initially features a steep climb up Via Saragat (approx. 1 km, peaking as high as 15-17%), followed by a long false-flat down, which leads back onto the coast. The route then levels out over the final 2 km. The home straight (1,000 m) is on 7.5 m wide tarmac.