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Chad Young (1995 - 2017)

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Chad Young (1995 - 2017)

Chad Young, a professional bicyclist who raced for Axeon Hagens Berman, died Friday, April 28, 2017, of injuries sustained during a race in New Mexico, according to a statement from the team. He was 21.

Young was involved in a multiple bike collision during a high-speed descent on the final stage of the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico Sunday, April 23. He sustained a head injury and was airlifted to a hospital in Tuscon, Arizona. Initially described as being in stable condition, he had been in critical condition since Tuesday, according to the team.

“We lost a friend, a teammate, and a family member. I have no words that can express my pain over this loss,” wrote Axeon General Manager Axel Merckx on the team’s website. “I can only say that I am thankful to have known him and that I feel privileged to have been able to share in his passion for cycling.”

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The cycling world had been closely following news about his status. When his death was announced Saturday, many took to social media to express their grief and extend sympathies to his family.

“Rest in Peace Chad. It was a pleasure to have spent some of your final moments in that break with you. You won’t be forgotten. #belikechad,” wrote cyclist Joe Lewis on Twitter.

Young was from in Newmarket, New Hampshire. He was a promising rider and had been racing with Axeon for the past three years.

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