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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, at the North American Pro Championships in St. George, Utah, Bianco qualified for but opted not to travel to this weekend's Ironman 70.3-mile World Championships in South Africa. Bianco's first Ironman 70.3-mile race was a tremendous success as 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
Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center
vs.
Men's D1 Hockey
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Triathlon
at Patriots Triathlon - Olympic Triathlon
Sep 12, 6:30 AM - Williamsburg, VA

Triathlon
at Patriots Triathlon - Sprint Triathlon
Sep 13, 6:30 AM - Williamsburg, VA

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 18, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D1 Hockey
vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sep 19, TBD - Lahaye Ice Center

Men's D3 Hockey
vs. Appalachian State University
Sep 19, 12:30 PM - Lahaye Ice Center

Full Schedule

May 21
Crew
at Nationals
CANCELLED

May 4
Men's Lacrosse
at MCLA Nationals
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Figure Skating
vs. Praisefest
CANCELLED

Apr 25
Archery
at USA Archery 2020 East Region Outdoor Collegiate Ch
CANCELLED

Apr 24
Men's Lacrosse
at SELC Playoffs
CANCELLED

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