Race Day of the Year: Nominations, Please!

This category sounds straightforward but is worth a few nuggets of explanation. First, stage races and classics are apples and oranges, but I don't want to have more subcategories than the UCI Pro Tour rankings, so we will do as we have done in the past and ask you to pick out a single day that you feel was the best race of the year. Be it a Monument or a stage of the Volta a Catalunya, say why you think it was a great race, and feel free to elaborate. I'll ask you to err on the side of objectivity: if you are torn between a fierce competition between the sport's giants and the day your favorite guy won in a long, uncontested escape, go with the former. One more hint: you might think about certain races that had a lasting impact on the season. Big names and attacking styles aren't all that matters. Voting starts next Monday. Go!