A stage around Lake Balaton, the Hungarian sea. At first, the route approaches the lake on mildly undulating roads. Past Nagykanizsa, the route heads markedly towards the Balaton, mildly undulating all the way to the shore. Skirting along the lakeshore for the final 50 km, the route takes in one last, short climb by the Tihany Abbey. The stage finale is mostly straight, with just a few mild bends.
The final kilometres are virtually flat. Past the Tihany peninsula, the route follows the coast, taking a short climb (with a few metres’ drop) in the last kilometre. The final 500 metres rise almost imperceptibly all the way to the home straight, on tarmac.