Iconic voice of cycling and former professional rider Paul Sherwen has passed away at 62-years-old.
He was the voice of the Tour de France for many viewers commentating alongside Phil Ligget for decades most recently on NBC Sports.
Sherwen, a native of Lancashire in the UK, was in Uganda when he passed away.
The 2018 Tour – which saw Geraint Thomas win his first title – was the 33rd Sherwen had commentated on.
“We were truly saddened by the news of the passing of @PaulSherwen,” read a message from British Cycling on Twitter. “A former national champion and a great voice of our sport, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
“Paul was synonymous with the Tour de France in the U.S. and will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and the NBC Sports family, which was honored to be part of Paul’s 40th Tour last July,” NBC Sports said in a statement.
Sad day. Have lost a friend & fellow broadcaster in .@PaulSherwen Our lives intertwined via family in Uganda where Paul lived as well as the various Olympic Games we both worked on. A special man who loved his family both his own & the one he made via cycling. RIP
— Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan) December 2, 2018
Completely shocked and saddened to hear of Paul Sherwen’s passing. Met Paul in 1992 when he worked as our press officer for Team Motorola. He was always a class act and a great friend. My deepest condolences go out to his family. RIP Climber.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) December 2, 2018
Today my heart has broken into pieces. Like a father and a best friend. Cycling will never be the same. May the road be flat, the sun on your face and the wind in your back. May the African sunrise be the thing you will see forever RIP Dad2 #paulsherwen #dad2 #cycling ? pic.twitter.com/eqZXGqJgt2
— Emma Davies (@emmaparisdavies) December 2, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of @PaulSherwen today. Paul helped me in my journey into this game back in the early 90’s in France with ACBB. In combination with Phil they were both the voices of cycling as I grew up. He’ll be sadly missed.
— Matt Stephens (@RealStephens) December 2, 2018