Bike commentator Paul Sherwen, pictured on Tour Down In 2013, died on Sunday at the age of 62. Morne de…
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Paul Sherwen, one of the most famous procyclical commentators, widely credited with introducing the English-speaking world to the sport, died on Sunday in his home in Uganda. He was 62 years old.
Shervens voice became almost inextricable from Tour de France and other major cycling events after a stellar career as a competitor. He cycled in the Tour seven times during the 1970s and 1980s, twice as British national champion. But the British cyclist is best known for its 33 years commenting on the world’s most famous and gravely cycling competition – many with commentator Phil Liggett.
For more than three decades, Sherwen spread his passion for cycling across British, Australian and American television and radio to new generation of fans. He covered the sport during five Olympic games as an analyst for NBC Sports.
“We are sorry to offer our compassion to friends and family of Paul Sherwen, who died this morning in Uganda,” the news outlet said in a statement on Sunday.
“Paul was synonymous with Tour de France in the United States and will be a lot to miss out on his legions of fans and the NBC Sports family, honored to be part of Paul’s 40th tour in July of July,” wrote NBC. “Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife, Katherine, their children and all those in the bicycle community who became Paul Sherwen fans for many years and called the sport he loved.”
Members of the bicycle community, including his long-time missionary partner, blindsided by the news of Sherwin’s sudden death.
“I went to bed in Africa with a heavy heart last night feeling sad like never before,” wrote Liggett on Twitter. “My teammate for 33 years was no longer with me. Your hundreds of messages showed how good @PaulSherwen was loved.”
British Cycling also noted the loss of the former national champion in a tweet calling him “a big voice for our sport”.
“Soundtrack to our July and our sport has become quiet,” wrote Australia’s Cycling Central on Twitter. “We’re too gutted for words right now.”