The stage has a challenging hilly profile across the mountains of Calabria and Basilicata, with a total amount of climbing that is worthy of a stage through the Dolomites. The start along the sea is the only flat stretch. Past Maratea, the route undulates continuously, with milder or harsher gradients. After climbing the Passo della Colla and reaching Lauria, the stage course tackles an ‘old friend’ of the Giro, Monte Sirino, after 23 years. Past Viggiano, the route clears the challenging Montagna Grande di Viggiano (a first‑ever pass), and then takes in the final ascent of Sellata before reaching Potenza.