Paul Sherwen, Renowned Cycling Commentator, Dies At 62

Saddened and shocked: Cycling world reacts to tragic death of legend Paul Sherwen

Alongside Phil Liggett, Sherwen commentated the Tour de France for almost 30 years. He was a damn good rider.

Though Sherwen was largely employed as a domestique, the Briton claimed three professional wins on the continent - stages at the Four Days of Dunkirk and Tour Méditerranéen and the one-day Tour du Hainaut Occidentale - before adding the national road race to his palmarès in 1987.

SBS cycling host Michael Tomalaris, a long-time colleague of Sherwen, paid his respects on social media.

This year's was the 33rd he had commentated on.

Shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Paul Sherwen. "A true gentleman. RIP", Tomalaris tweeted with an accompanying photo of himself and Sherwen.

Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour seven times before being stripped of his championships amid a major doping scandal, wrote about meeting Sherwen in 1992, when he worked as a press officer for Team Motorola.

United States broadcaster NBC also offered their condolences to friends and family.

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Sherwen had a long association with Olympic Games and Tour de France host broadcaster, NBC.

'He was always a class act and a great friend.

"Paul was synonymous with the Tour de France in the United States and will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and the NBC Sports family, which was honoured to be part of Paul's 40th Tour last July".

Keenan, who took over from Sherwen and Liggett in 2017 as world feed broadcaster for road cycling's biggest annual event, told Melbourne Breakfast of his special relationship with Sherwen.

Sherwen helped create Paul's Peloton, which brought bicycles to Africa, and advocated for African wildlife as chairperson of the Ugandan Conservation Foundation and supporter of the Helping Rhinos initiative.

Phil Liggett has not made a public comment since the news was announced.

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