Cycling

With 'heavy heart' Phil Liggett pays tribute to former colleague

Phil Liggett (File)
Phil Liggett (File)

Cape Town - The 'Voice of Cycling', Phil Liggett, has paid tribute to his former commentator colleague Paul Sherwen who passed away on Sunday.

Sherwen died at the age of 62 in Kampala, Uganda in the house he had lived in since the age of seven.

No further details of his death have been revealed.

Born in Widnes, Lancashire, Sherwen made his name during the 1980s, completing five of the seven Tour de France races he started and twice becoming British national champion.

According to The Guardian, he later moved into broadcasting and worked for Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France for several years before moving to NBC Sports in America.

This year's Tour de France, in which Welshman Geraint Thomas won his first title, was the 33rd Sherwen and Liggett had commentated on in tandem.

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.

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