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.
I went to bed in Africa with a heavy heart last night feeling sadness like never before. My team mate for 33 years was no longer with me. Your hundreds of messages showed how well @PaulSherwen was loved. Let's think of Katherine and his children with love just now.— Phil Liggett (@PhilLiggett) December 3, 2018
I have scrolled through Tweets non-stop for 45mins and then went back to the top and found 600 new ones. @PaulSherwen would have been so proud to know how much you thought him. Thank you all. Riders, friends, fans, federation, media for your expressions of love— Phil Liggett (@PhilLiggett) December 3, 2018