Iconic voice of cycling Paul Sherwen dies at 62 years old

The British broadcaster commented alongside Phil Liggett at the Tour de France for decades

December 2nd, 2018 by | Posted in News | Tags:

Cycling broadcaster and former professional rider Paul Sherwen has passed away at 62-years-old. The Lancashire, England native was the voice of the Tour de France for many viewers commentating alongside Phil Ligget for decades most recently on NBC Sports. Sherwen lived in Kampala, Uganda. Sherwen passed away in his home in Kampala during the night from heart failure.

Before becoming a broadcaster, Sherwen was a professional cyclist racing the Tour de France on seven occasions between 1978 and 1985. He was British national champion twice during his career.

Sherwen and Ligget had a style of commentating that attracted a strong following from fans and riders. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the pair, “Their place is undeniable. Liggett and Sherwen are an institution. For many, the mellifluous melody and harmony of Paul and Phil is the soundtrack of cycling.”

The 2018 Tour de France was the 33rd that Sherwen was a commentator for. He previously worked on ABC Sports, ESPN and SBS Australia.

Since the news of Sherwen’s passing, many in the cycling world have taken to social media to remember his contributions to the sport, his good character, and wish condolences to his friends and family.