Cape Town - The "Voice of Cycling", Phil Liggett, has paid tribute to his former commentator colleague Paul Sherwen who passed away on Sunday.
Sherwen, who rode seven times in the Tour de France during the 1970s and 1980s and was twice British national champion, commentated on the Tour and other events for British, American and Australian television.
After making his Tour de France debut in 1978 - when the 22-year-old finished 70th on general classification, the highest he ever placed in the race - the Widnes-born rider switched over to La Redoute in 1979 with whom he made a further six appearances at la grande boucle.
"Paul was synonymous with the Tour de France in the US 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 wrote.
That's one way of describing Monday December 3, 2018, the day the world learned of the premature passing of one of the best-known and most-loved names of our sport, Paul 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.
"I'm deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paul Sherwen".
USA broadcaster NBC also offered their condolences to friends and family.
"We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Paul Sherwen and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the whole cycling community". I will miss seeing him at the races for his humor and graciousness. "Always generous with his time, I learnt plenty working alongside him", McEwen tweeted. "He was always a class act and a great friend", Armstrong said.
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