Burlington Free Press
Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Mark Pozniak and Nichole Wangsgard pedaled to victories in the top pro division of the Burlington Criterium on Monday afternoon.
Hundreds of cyclists flooded downtown Burlington for the annual Labor Day event, which capped the four-day Green Mountain Stage race. The Criterium consists of short laps, starting and finishing on Main Street.
Pozniak, from Ontario, won the Pro 1/2 men's race, completing 31 miles in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 29 seconds. Lisban Quintero of Maspeth, N.Y., finished in second place while Jake Hollenbach of Shelburne took third.
Wangsgard, who is from Utah, navigated the 18.6-mile women's Pro 1/2/3 race in 46:33, edging Megan Guarnier of Queesbury and Amanda Shaw of Ontario. Amy Dombroski of Jericho followed in fourth place.
Trevor Connor was the overall Green Mountain Stage winner on the men's side. The Victoria, British Columbia rider prevailed in two stages in the mountains of central Vermont and amassed 345 points for the competition, well ahead of a pair of Quebec competitors, Mathieu Toulouse (319) and Dominique Perras (304).
Josh Dillon of Essex Junction picked up a sixth-place finish and was the only male Vermonter to crack the top 10.
Kristen Lasasso of La Canada, Calif., was the women's overall winner with 387 points, edging Amy Dombroski of Jericho by two points.
Dombroski wheeled to a fourth-place finish in the Criterium.