A stage around Lake Balaton, the Hungarian sea. At first, the route approaches the lake on mildly undulating roads. Past Nagykanizsa and Hévíz, with its thermal lake, the stage crosses the Balaton uplands. The stage course follows the rolling volcanic terrain of the region, which is also referred to as the Hungarian Provence. Skirting along the lakeshore for the final 50 km, the route takes in one last, short climb by the Tihany Abbey, then an almost straight final stretch will lead to the first bunch sprint.