This year’s race follows a demanding route along the rolling Langhe hills, situated in the Piedmont provinces of Asti and Cuneo, that offers riders little chance for respite amidst a long series of climbs and descents. A 44km circuit through the vineyards of the Alba area is set to be completed twice in the race’s finale. Riders will tackle the climbs of Rocchetta Palafea, Mango, Barbaresco and Diano d’Alba before entering the circuit after leaving Grinzane Cavour. The circuit itself features the climbs of La Morra, Barolo and Monforte d’Alba. The race’s final climb is the same the peloton faced at the finish of the Barbaresco-Barolo ITT in 2014’s Giro d’Italia, now with an extra stretch of ascending required before reaching the line.
After descending from the town of Morra, the route takes a right turn that heads towards the race’s uphill finish. The road’s gradient remains at a constant 5 to 6% until another right turn 600m from the finish line that steepens the gradient to 8 or 9%. A left-hand corner 300m from the finish line leads onto the final 250m-long, 6m-wide asphalt finishing straight.