The promising young American pro cyclist Chad Young has died in hospital, five days after sustaining horrific head and facial injuries in a crash while racing.
The 21 year old was riding in the Tour of the Gila, when he was involved in a multi rider crash during a mountain descent in New Mexico.
He was airlifted to hospital in Tucson, Arizona, but his injuries were not survivable.
“We lost a friend, a team mate and a family member. I have no words that can express my pain over this loss,” said Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team manager Axel Merckx, general manager.
“I can only say that I am very thankful to have known him and that I feel privileged to have been able to share in his passion for cycling.
“Thank you for the outpouring of love and support over the past few days. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
“May he rest in peace.”