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SA Cyclist Maeve Plouffe wins Stage 2 at Santos Festival of Cycling

SA’s Maeve Plouffe has taken home gold at Stage 2 Santos Festival of Cyling, beating competitors at the enduring 85.7km McLaren Vale sprint.

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South Australian cyclist Maeve Plouffe has won gold at Westpac’s Stage 2 of the Santos Festival of Cycling, which saw the young sporting star sprint to the finish line in the Echunga leg of the race.

The second day of the women’s race saw Plouffe pass Ruby-Roseman-Gannon’s competition lead in a nail-biting race to the finish line. The late battle by Plouffe saw her use her endurance and power to start an early sprint and inch past Roseman-Gannon and claim victory. Tasmanian cyclist Nicole Frain took third place on the podium.

The Westpac Stage 2 saw the cyclists ride the iconic 85.7km stretch from McLaren Vale to Echunga. The course kicked off at Willunga, before weaving through to Penny’s Hill Wines and the rolling, picturesque hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

For Plouffe, winning a stage at the beloved Tour Down Under and Festival of Cycling is something she’s dreamt of since watching her local SA race as a child.

Taking to Facebook, the championing cyclist shared her golden news.

Plouffe began cycling when she was 14, making the switch from long distance swimming to the track. The 22-year-old went from strength to strength, representing Australia and her green and gold pride when she was just 17, before joining the inaugural class of the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy.

The young sporting star has since gone on to represent Australia at the prestigious Tokyo Olympic Games, becoming a Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2021 scholarship holder. Plouffe holds the national record for women’s team pursuit, cementing herself as one to watch in the cycling world.

Today, the Women’s Be Safe, Be Seen Stage 3 is firing up in Lobethal, which will see competitors battle it out on the 86.9km stretch. The longest and final stage will see women for the first time begin and end their race in the Adelaide Hills township. The undulating track will put cyclists through their paces as they navigate unpaved patches of roads, sprints and a 2km climb to the finish line.

The Santos Festival of Cycling is running until January 29. Find out more about the electric races online here.

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