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Cycling commentator Paul Sherwen dies aged 62

The British former racer and commentating partner of Phil Liggett dies at him home in Uganda

Pete Muir
3 Dec 2018

Paul Sherwen, the British former racer turned cycling commentator, has died aged 62. Sherwen died on Sunday 2nd December at his home in Uganda.

Sherwen was best known for the commentating partnership he shared with Phil Liggett, and while the exact cause of death was not revealed at the time of the story breaking, it was Liggett who tweeted the news that a post mortum showed heart failure as the cause of death.

The pair joined Channel 4's cycling commentary team in 1989, and quickly became the best-known voices in the sport.

Sherwen and Liggett then moved to do commentary for NBC Sports in America and the SBS Network in Australia, ensuring they had a global audience for their popular double act.

In total, Sherwen commentated on 33 Tours de France, ending with the latest edition, which was won by Geraint Thomas. 

In his day, Sherwen was himself a successful racer. Born in Lancashire, he was brought up in Kenya before returning to Britain in his teens with the aim of becoming a professional cyclist.

After some notable amateur wins, Sherwen eventually turned pro with the French Fiat team in 1978. That year, he rode his first Tour de France, coming 70th.

He would go on to ride the Tour another six times, although he never placed higher than his first attempt in 1978.

In 1986 he won the British National Circuit Race Championships, and the following year took the British National Road Race Champion's title, before retiring at the end of 1987.

A statement from British Cycling said, 'We were truly saddened by the news of the passing of Paul Sherwen. A former National Champion and a great voice of our sport, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.'

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