Cy­clist dies from head in­juries

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

TUC­SON, ARIZ. – Promis­ing cy­clist Chad Young died from in­juries suf­fered dur­ing a high-speed crash at the Tour of Gila, the first Amer­i­can rider to die in a prom­i­nent North Amer­i­can stage race in nearly two decades. Young was 21.

His team, Ax­eon Ha­gens Ber­man, said Young died late Fri­day in Tuc­son, Ari­zona.

The team said he was in­volved in a crash last Sun­day dur­ing the queen stage of the New Mex­ico race. Medics were on the scene within min­utes and Young was air­lifted to a hospi­tal in Tuc­son, where he was ini­tially listed in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Young was down­graded to crit­i­cal on Tues­day when the ex­tent of his head in­juries be­came clear.

The last Amer­i­can rider to die from in­juries sus­tained in a ma­jor North Amer­i­can com­pe­ti­tion was Ni­cole Rein­hart, who crashed dur­ing a race in 2000 in Ar­ling­ton, Mas­sachusetts.

Col­le­giate rider Ran­dall Fox was killed last year dur­ing a race near Seat­tle.

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