This will be a full mountain stage, finishing by the sea. The route starts along the coast and then takes in the Portella Mandrazzi climb, all the way to the foot of the Etna. After a short flat stage leading to Linguaglossa and Piedimonte Etneo, the route descends towards the sea in Riposto. After a first pass on the finish line, the route takes in the Sciara di Scorciavacca ascent (one of the many slopes of the Etna), which leads back onto the previous descent in Piedimonte Etneo. A fast‑running descent leads through Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, all the way to the finish in Mascali.
The final kilometres, inside the urban area of Mascali, are nearly flat. Two separated bends, forming a large U‑turn, eventually lead onto the home straight, on a slight incline.