Cyclist Chad Young not expected to recover from head injuries

The 21-year-old New Hampshire native suffered severe facial injuries and head trauma in a downhill crash on Sunday.

On Thursday, it was announced that 21-year-old pro cyclist Chad Young of Newmarket, New Hampshire, is not expected to recover from traumatic head injuries suffered last Sunday during the iconic Tour of the Gila road race in New Mexico.

Per Cyclingnews, the young cyclist was involved in a multi-bike crash Sunday during a high-speed descent while chasing the peloton. While others in the crash were okay, Young was immediately airlifted to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, with severe facial injuries and head trauma.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that on Monday, Young’s condition was listed as stable, but on Tuesday that was downgraded to critical. Late Thursday, to clarify conflicting reports on his health, Young’s cycling team — Axeon Hagens Berman — released the following statement.

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. 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.

“We've had bad accidents in the past but never nothing like this before,” Rebecca Reza, a spokesperson for Tour of the Gila, told the Sun-News. “Chad got the best medical care within the circumstances. His injuries were pretty severe. They life-flighted him out so fast. It was incredible how fast everything happened.”

Reza noted that the Tour organizers expect that Young will likely pass away on Friday or Saturday.

The Tour of the Giza is an annual five-stage cycling rice held in and around the beautiful Gila Wilderness of New Mexico — the world’s first designated wilderness area. It features three road race stages, one stage of time trial and one criterium stage.

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