A straightforward stage in every sense, look at the map and Stage 5 hardly features a corner for hours. The start will involve a small ceremony to celebrate Ferrari, as in Enzo Ferrari the man behind the famous motorcars. The finish loops past the training roads of Marco Pantani but today should be a tribute to the sprinters.
The profile is similar to Milan-Sanremo, a long flat start with a few hills packed in towards the finish and then a flat finish but shorter in distance and the hills are not so bad. It looks like a sprint finish is guaranteed. Certainly several teams have an interest in a sprint finish, from Garmin-Barracuda who want to protect their pink jersey and ensure Tyler Farrar gets some time bonuses, to the other teams with sprinters who want a stage win.
The finish itself in Fano is normal. The race comes in along the coast and then once in the town famous for its beach the race bends inland towards the town centre with two bends in the last kilometre.
Fine weather awaits, with sunshine and warm temperatures, and only a light breeze.