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American racer Chad Young is “not expected to recover” from injuries he sustained in a crash at the Tour of the Gila last Sunday, his Axeon Hagens Berman team announced today.
The 21-year-old from Newmarket, New Hampshire suffered severe head injuries when he crashed Sunday on a mountain descent in the final stage of the New Mexico race. Young was airlifted to hospital in Tucson, Arizona following the crash and was said to be in a “stable condition” the following day.
Update on Chad Young, hurt Sunday in a crash at #Gila2017: Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support. He remains in stable condition.
— Axeon Hagens Berman (@axeonhb) April 24, 2017
Young’s condition worsened, however, and on Wednesday the team described his condition as critical.
In a statement published Thursday, Axeon Hagens Berman general manager, Axel Merckx, provided clarification about Young’s condition.
“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,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, Chad is not expected to recover from his injuries.
“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 happened while he was chasing back to an early 18-man breakaway along with teammate Michael Rice. Young’s teammate Edward Anderson also went down in the crash, as did at least four others. Anderson was treated by race medical staff for minor injuries but was able to continue on. Young’s teammate Jhonatan Narvaez went on to win the stage.
The thoughts of the CyclingTips team are with Chad’s family, friends, teammates and colleagues at this very difficult time.