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Bianco wins age group at World Championships in Denmark

July 14, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Giovanni Bianco crosses the finish line after completing a 30-kilometer run, the final phase of the July 14 long-course triathlon World Championships in Denmark. test test test test
Giovanni Bianco crosses the finish line after completing a 30-kilometer run, the final phase of the July 14 long-course triathlon World Championships in Denmark.

Giovanni Bianco, a Liberty University graduate student who competed in cycling and triathlon for the Flames last season, won the 20-24 age group of last month's long course triathlon at the Multisport World Championship Festival in Odense, Denmark.

The event, held on the island of Fyn, featured a 3-kilometer swim, a 120K cycling stage, and a 30K run. Bianco completed the swim in 42 minutes, 37 seconds, the bike ride in 3:11:30, and the run in 2:04:11 for a combined time of 6:02:56 factoring in time spent in the two transition areas.

"Winning this race was one of the most beautiful blessings of my life, probably best race in my career," Bianco said. "I will always remember it."

Bianco's completed the 120-kilometer cycling stage, his strongest phase, in 3 hours, 11 minutes, 30 seconds.

The 22-year-old from Italy, where he was the 2017 sprint triathlon and sprint duathlon age group national champion, finished 12th out of 354 competitors overall. Complete results are available online.

In early May, Bianco qualified but opted not to travel to this weekend's Ironman 70.3-mile World Championships in South Africa during the North American Pro Championships held May 5 in St. George, Utah. At that event, Bianco's first Ironman 70.3-mile race, he placed second in his 18-24 age division and fifth overall out of more than 2,500 amateur competitors in 4:19:09.

"My triathlon performance improved so much with (former Flames head coach) Parker Spencer as my coach last semester, which was amazing," said Bianco, who transferred in as a senior last spring. "I loved his training and schedules." 

Spencer moved to Tempe, Ariz., to head up USA Triathlon's Project Podium earlier this month so Bianco will be working with new cycling Head Coach Timo Budarz, who is also serving as head coach of the triathlon team on an interim basis.

Bianco and several triathlon teammates will travel to Williamsburg next weekend to race in the Patriots Triathlon Festival, their first competition of the fall season that culminates with the Oct. 20 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Championships hosted by Liberty at Smith Mountain Lake.

Schedule
Results
Feb 22, 7:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center
vs.
Men's D1 Hockey
Adrian College
Game Time
Women's D2 Hockey
vs. University of Delaware
Feb 22, 12:45 PM - LaHaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Adrian College
Feb 22, 7:00 PM - LaHaye Ice Center
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Feb 23, 8:00 AM

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Men's D2 Hockey
at MACH Playoff vs Penn State University
L (2-4)

Feb 17
Women's D2 Hockey
at Mercyhurst University
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Feb 16
Men's D1 Hockey
vs. University of Delaware
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Feb 16
Men's D2 Hockey
at MACH Playoff vs University of Delaware
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Feb 16
Men's Lacrosse
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