Time to pick our Best Day of 2014... and I can't do this alone. I need your help. You have the power.
The usual rules apply to our Race Day of the Year process: we all make nominations, and if they're even remotely serious I will open a formal poll including each one. I hope to open the poll on Wednesday so we can vote til Sunday, and have our annual gala celebration a week from today. It's a tight schedule, but when you've rented the Felt Forum and booked Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and the Solid Gold Dancers, you just have to make it work.
Feel free to not only make your nominations but build the case for what you believe was the single most exciting, enjoyable or profound day of racing this year. Don't name whole stage races; pick a single stage if you are headed in that direction. It's about one day, one moment, one shared experience. I can pony up a few.
- Stage 5 of the Tour de France. Pretty obvious one, so much so that I pulled a photo for this post depicting it. But as exciting as it was at the time... and it was very, very exciting ... it's not exactly required that you still feel that way. IOW, I am not gaming the system here.
- Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Probably the cRaZiEsT of the classics.
- World Championship Road Race. Everyone loves a well-earned upset by an intriguing rider.
- Giro Stage 16 to Val Martello. The day Don Nairo moved to the next level.
- Paris-Roubaix or Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Pick you thumping Niki Terpstra moment. It wasn't a great season on the cobbles in terms of memories, but if you have any lasting ones, chances are the Dutch star is in them.