We received the following sad news from Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team General Manager, Axel Merckx regarding Team rider Chad Young who suffered a very bad crash at the Tour of Gila,”There have been conflicting news reports concerning the condition of Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team rider Chad Young, who crashed Sunday in the Tour of the Gila. Unfortunately, Chad is not expected to recover from his injuries.
The 21-year-old from Newmarket, New Hampshire, suffered severe head injuries in a high-speed mountain descent and was life-flighted to a hospital in Tucson, Ariz.
At this time, his family asks for privacy. We at Axeon Hagens Berman respect the family’s wishes and want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers during this devastating and difficult time.”
Young’s crash came as he was chasing back after being part of an early 18-man breakaway along with teammate Michael Rice. Young and teammate Edward Anderson both went down on the descent, along with at least four others. Anderson was treated by race medical staff for minor injuries and finished the stage.
Axeon Hagens Berman General Manager Axel Merckx learned of the crash while monitoring the race from his home in Canada.
A third-year member of the Under 23 development program, Young was competing in the Tour of the Gila for the first time and had been sitting 31st overall. In Saturday’s criterium, he finished 11th, behind teammates Christopher Blevins and Rice, who were sixth and seventh, respectively. Prior to the Tour of the Gila, he competed in the San Dimas Stage Race and the Joe Martin Stage Race. He also raced in Europe this spring at the Classica da Arrabida in Portugal.
The above photo is of Chad taken at the San Dimas Stage Race Time Trial last month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chad’s family, friends and teammates.
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