Not counting the Tour. That's a different animal.
I'm talking live American racing.
OK, here's mine.
The Brick Criterium - Athens Ohio - 1993 (?)
Coors Light dominates American scene all summer while Subaru-Montgomery focused on European campaing.
The two teams finally face off on the brick streets of Athens.... in a DOWNPOUR!
Chaos in the first five laps. Coors Light takes off while Subaru gets a shoddy start. Almost immediately, Coors Light has three guys in the lead group. Subaru-Mongomery has three guys more than 1/2 lap down. Everyone else is of little consequence as there's no defined field, and no one who can match the big guns.
The race looks to be over after 7 laps. Pfft. Big deal. Let's eat.
Slowly but steadily throughout the next 50 laps, the three guys from S-M begin to catch up. Remember, the've been riding on cobbles all summer.
After a frantic chase, they finally make contact with the lead group with two laps to go. The crowd... bored at first... is now on fire. A crash in the final turn takes out Gaggioli.
Nate Reiss wins it for Subaru Montgomery.
I think. It's been so long, I'm not 100% sure. It might have been Darren Baker.
Still, the best race I ever saw.