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Paul Sherwen, SBS Tour de France broadcaster and former cyclist, dies aged 62

Paul Sherwen (R) was a key member of the SBS Tour de France team along with Phil Liggett (L) and Michael Tomalaris. Photo: SBS
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Iconic cycling commentator Paul Sherwen has died aged 62 at his home in Uganda.

Sherwen commentated on the Tour de France for more than 30 years alongside longtime colleague Phil Liggett, bringing the race into the living rooms of millions of Australians every winter on SBS.

SBS released a short statement on their website, thanking Sherwen for his contribution to cycling.

“[Paul Sherwen] and Phil Liggett brought the Tour de France alive for us and into our loungerooms late at night, every July. The dynamic duo taught us about the beauty of cycling and we are grateful,” SBS wrote.

“How could we have fallen in love with this sport without their passion and their ability to set up the drama?”

“We are too gutted for words right now as we’ve lost one of our SBS family members.”

Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Sherwen rode as a professional in the late 70s and early 80s, riding in the Tour de France seven times and winning the British national championship twice in 1986 and 1987.

Sherwen was also involved in setting up a cycling charity, Paul’s Peloton, to help send bicycles to Uganda, where he lived since he was seven.

NBC, for whom Sherwen covered five Olympic Games, also paid credit to his career.

“We are saddened to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Sherwen, who passed away this morning at his home in Uganda,” the statement read.

“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 honoured to be part of Paul’s 40th Tour last July.

“Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife Katherine, their children, and all of those in the cycling community who became Paul Sherwen fans over his many years calling the sport he loved.”