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by Neal Rogers
July 19, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes Stage 16 win at Tour de France after crosswinds wreak havoc; Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win; Degenkolb upset, says Matthews ‘did not hold his line’ in Tour de France sprint; Bad day for Quick-Step at Tour de France as Kittel loses points, Martin loses time, Gilbert abandons; Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness; Zubeldia to end 20-year career at San Sebastian; Cannondale-Drapac team in ‘super-promising’ negotiations with two potential sponsors; Pinarello announces Dogma F10 Disk; Silca reintroduces Pista floor pump, releases 100-year HX-One tool kit; Foundation announced in honor of American Chad Young; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 16 highlights; Video: The moment Michael Matthews realized he’d won Stage 16 at Tour de France.
The parents of deceased American rider Chad Young has created the Chad William Young Foundation, in memory of their son who passed away at the age of 21 in April. The foundation will fund research into the prevention of traumatic brain injuries in cycling, compassionate hospital care, and two merit-based scholarships.
“Chad was fortunate to have many great mentors, both academically and athletically, in his life and he was eager to pay their support forward,” Lois Young said. “Through the Chad William Young Foundation, we aim to honor Chad’s quiet leadership, remarkable intelligence, and kind demeanor while continuing to build upon his legacy. We are passionate about what he was passionate about and want to continue supporting those initiatives.”
Young’s life was cut short after he succumbed to a traumatic brain injury sustained in crash on the final stage of the Tour of the Gila, in New Mexico. A primary focus of the foundation will be to develop new technologies to protect cyclists from head injuries. “After many conversations with people in the cycling community, we want to help develop a new technology-based safeguard, rather than a physical safeguard such as helmet, to limit the risk of a traumatic brain injury sustained during a cycling accident,” Kevin Young said.
The Chad William Young Foundation will also fund two merit-based scholarships to recipients whose ideals are similar to Chad’s, exemplified by a life well lived, academic excellence, and pursuit of athletic endeavors. The scholarships will be awarded to students at two schools Chad attended — St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, New Hampshire, and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Young’s Axeon Hagens Berman team has also created a new badge in Chad’s memory, which contains his initials, C.W.Y., as well as the team logo of Axel’s axes. There is a lightning bolt to represent Chad’s energy as well as his love for engineering. The 16 tick marks on the badge represent the 16 team members of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, including Young. The team will also be using the hashtag #AlwaysBeYoung to serve as a reminder to make the most of every day.
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