Cancellera wins wet Vuelta time trail. Spartacus versus Triumpus.

Cancellera riding to pick up his golden jersey.

Cancellera riding to pick up his golden jersey.

Fabian Cancellera, the man they call Spartacus, slashed his way to another Vuelta time trail win. Did we say slashed? Maybe sloshed or splashed are the right descriptors. On the slick, wet roads around Valencia, the Saxo bank rider powered to a convincing win in the 30k time trial.

David Miller (Garmin) was almost Gladiator for a Day. You could call him Triumphus, a famous combatant in the Roman arena — long dead but wicked fast with a sword. He put in a great ride, posting the best time of the day until Cancellera sliced him by 32 seconds. Bert Grabsch (Columbia) was another 4 seconds back. It was a terrific day for Garmin as GC hopeful Tom Danielson showed his excellent form in 7th place.

Back on the podium again, Cancellera donned the Oro jersey. There’s a certain Nostradamus predictability to the three grand tours this year. Fabulous Fabian wins the time trials, Columbia wins the sprints and Astana dominates the overall.

The Swiss time machine has his golden jersey back. Life is good as a gladiator — as long as tour winning.

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