Axeon Hagens Berman team announces passing of Chad Young

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Following Thursday’s announcement that Chad Young was ‘not expected to recover’ from a crash at the Tour of the Gila last Sunday, his Axeon Hagens Berman team has now said that the 21 year old has passed away.

The tragic news was communicated via a team statement and on social media.

“I am very sorry to let everyone know that Chad Young did not survive his crash last Sunday,” stated the team’s General Manager Axel Merckx. “He passed away Friday evening, surrounded by his family.

“We lost a friend, a teammate and a family member. I have no words that can express my pain over this loss. I can only say that I am very thankful to have known him and that I feel privileged to have been able to share in his passion for cycling.”

The Newmarket, New Hampshire rider crashed on a descent while chasing an early 18-man breakaway along with teammate Michael Rice. Several riders went down in the crash, including his teammate Edward Anderson. The latter suffered only minor injuries, but Young suffered severe head injuries.

He was airlifted to hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Although he was said to be in a “stable condition” the following day, his situation deteriorated. His team described him as being in critical condition on Wednesday and, sadly, he passed away two days later.

Merckx said he appreciated the reaction from people since the crash.

“Thank you for the outpouring of love and support over the past few days. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

CyclingTips expresses its condolences to Chad Young’s family, friends and colleagues.

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