Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 1, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.

Remembering Chad Young: A tribute from the team soigneur

by Matt de Neef

Late last week the Axeon Hagens Berman team announced the tragic passing of Chad Young, the 21-year-old having crashed on a stage of the Tour of the Gila. In the wake of that horrible news, the team’s head soigneur Reed McCalvin posted a stirring tribute to Young, remembering the young man he was.

Here’s an excerpt:

Chad showed up for his first team presentation and was so polite he wouldn’t board the van until everyone else had. There was one problem — there was one seat left and a senior rider wanted to sit there, so Chad was trapped. The Axeon boys and I started in on him (very jokingly) “Get in the fucking van, Chadbag!” Chris Putt, James Oram, and Dan Eaton telling him to go left, right, and center. If you’ve ever seen a video of basic training and drill sergeants yelling at a hapless recruit, it was like that. He got very flustered, but took it all in stride.

We would mess with him and bring him closer to us through our joking. I asked Chad what bet he’d lost to have that haircut? He would reply incredulously that we were witnessing a twelve-dollar haircut at Cost Cutters that he’d used a five-dollar coupon for. He was beaming with pride that he saved five bucks, and didn’t seem to mind that he looked like a pumpkin-pie haircutted freak.

Through the week Chad rode well and learned a ton. I learned that week that he was working a 50-hour-per-week internship for most of the summer, and rode before and after work. He also had less than a full week on a new drivetrain, new bike, new bibs, and new shoes. What rider would ever do that? Chad would. With a smile on his face.

Follow the link to read the full article at CyclingTips.