The race opens on flat terrain before an unclassified climb of almost 4 kilometres at 7.5% leads to the intermediate sprint in Velturno. A short descent takes the riders into the Puster Valley, and on they go towards the first KOM climb of the day. The 6.1 kilometres ascent at 8% goes to Terento and is crested with 70 kilometres remaining.
The riders fly down and cross the River Rienz to continue south and tackle the Passo Furcia shortly after Zwischenwasser. This is the steep side of the pass, amounting to 7.9 kilometres while the average gradient sits at 7.6%. The second part is particularly trying with the gradients mostly hovering around 10%.
The Passo Furcia is crested with 24 kilometres left to the finish line. The first 10 are on descent, the rest is a false flat ascent towards the finish line in Niederdorf.
Just like Brixen, Niederdorf is located in the Puster Valley, which is one of the longest valleys in the Alps.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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