Maeve Plouffe's sprint power snags first Warrnambool Women’s Cycling Classic

during the Warrnambool Women’s Cycling Classic, Sunday, February 20, 2022. (Photo by Con Chronis)
Maeve Plouffe (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) captures the win at the first Warrnambool Women's Cycling Classic 2022 (Image credit: Con Chronis / Lochard Energy Warrnambool Women's Cycling Classic)

Maeve Plouffe on Sunday firmly stamped her name onto the results sheet as the first ever winner of the Lochard Energy Warrnambool Women’s Cycling Classic, with even 160 kilometres of racing not enough to dent her powerful sprint as she carved out a clear victory from among the heavy-hitters in a break of six.

“It was a bit of a dream break, we had four or five of the strongest riders in the whole peloton in that breakaway, everyone with different strengths," said Plouffe. "Everyone had a crack at that finale there, which I thought was really cool.”

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.