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Bozak sprints to win criterium stage, but Wilson takes Tour of Washington County title

June 18, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Nathan Wilson, middle, keeps pace with the pack during the Williamsport Criterum stage on Sunday during the Tour of Washington County. Wilson was the overall winner of the tour.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Nathan Wilson continued his 2012 Tour of Washington County success Sunday afternoon as he was crowned winner of the event after the Williamsport Criterium, the final stage of the weekend series.

David Bozak won the Williamsport Criterium, but Wilson’s overall time for the three stages placed him atop the field.

The overall title was the third straight for Wilson, who also won the Mount Hood Cycling Classic in Hood River, Ore., and the Iron Horse Classic in Durango, Colo., before this weekend.

“It was a good win, but it’s a little sentimental for me,” Wilson said. “I’ve been racing against a lot of these guys since I was a kid and looked up to some as my heroes and now that I’m beating them. I’m starting to realize I’m getting to where I want to be.”

Wilson won Stage 1 — the Smithsburg Road Race — Saturday and placed second in the Boonsboro Time Trial on Sunday morning. Joshua Frick finished first in the time trial with a time of 21:12.92, while Wilson came in nearly six seconds later at 21:18.76.

“This is an overall great event. Joe (Jefferson, race director) does a great job with it,” said Wilson. “I don’t get to come back home much, but it’s nice to come here and race and gives me a reason to come back more often.”

The final stretch of the 30-mile race in Downtown Williamsport came down to a sprint — Bozak’s specialty.

“I’m sort of a one-trick pony,” said Bozak. “I knew the last turn was tight and gaps open up, so I wanted to get around the turn first and count on my sprint at the end.”

The start/finish line was on West Salisbury Street and the race continued down Conococheague and began to circle back around on West Frederick, South Vernon and South Commerce streets before a sharp right turn brought the competitors back on to West Salisbury finishing the 0.7-mile lap.

“It was a hard race,” Bozak said. “About halfway through, I wasn’t sure I had what it took to finish but the adrenalin started flowing and I knew what I had to do.”

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Mike Spinnler, 53, of Hagerstown, was the only Washington County resident who competed in the weekend’s tour. Spinnler, who rides for Antietam Velo Club/Team Hagerstown-Washington County Tourism, finished 44th overall out of 61 finishers in the Category III/IV division.

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