Athletes will start the 173.8 km bike section with 2645 m of ascent from the small village Stara Fužina and ride along the Sava Bohinjka River before entering the first climb to the Pokljuka plateau (720 m elevation gain). The road slowly zig-zags its way through the vast spruce tree forests before descending towards the home of Slovenian mining and iron making industries, Jesenice. The athletes will pass through the touristy town of Kranjska Gora where the annual Alpine Skiing World Cup takes place. A gentle ascent from Jesenice to Kranjska Gora is followed by an intense push towards the top of the 1611 m high Vršič mountain pass (820 m elevation gain), which connects the Sava and Soča valleys by a road build by Russian prisoners during World War 1 (Russian Road). The steep ascent is followed by a long descent through the Soča valley, right next to the rejuvenating fresh Soča River through the towns Trenta and Bovec, and finishing in Kobarid.
Section length: 173.8 km, Altitude gain: 2645 m