The longest stage of the Giro d’Italia 2018, it is a 239 km going from Penne to Gualdo Tadino. From Penne the course runs across the central Apennines, skirting east of the Gran Sasso and the Sibillini Mountains up to Umbria’s Appenine. Countless short climbs, including 3 categorized ones, lead to a wavy finish fit for punchers, though a sprint cannot be ruled out. Few km after the start, the course runs across Farindola and soon after near what is left of the Hotel Rigopiano (18.01.2017). Past Ascoli Piceno, the race goes across some towns and villages hit by the earthquake in August 2016.