Chad Young has succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour of the Gila, according to a statement from his Axeon Hagens Berman team. He died overnight Friday.
The 21-year-old New Hampshire native crashed on a high-speed descent midway through the Gila’s final stage on Sunday and suffered a severe head injury. He was airlifted from New Mexico to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, where he was briefly upgraded to stable condition. His team then announced that he was in critical condition on Tuesday.
Young was in his third year with the Axeon program and was racing his first Tour of the Gila. He was part of an early breakaway in the Gila’s queen stage and was continuing to push off the front along with teammate Edward Anderson, who also went down in the crash.
VeloNews extends its thoughts and prayers to Young’s family, friends, and team.