Following the sad news of the death of cycling commentator and former professional rider Paul Sherwen, the cycling community has reacted with an outpouring of both grief and fond memories on social media.
Those paying tribute to the 62-year-old included Sherwen's long-time friend and co-commentator Phil Liggett, who wrote that he "went to bed in Africa with a heavy heart last night feeling sadness like never before". Together, 'Phil and Paul' became the soundtrack to the Tour de France – and a number of other races – for TV audiences across the globe, including on Channel 4, and later ITV, in the UK, on NBC in the US, and on SBS in Australia.
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
The UCI is deeply saddened of the passing of former pro and commentator Paul Sherwen. Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues.— UCI (@UCI_cycling) December 3, 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
Shocked and sad to hear the passing of Paul Sherwin. Our PR at Motorola but above everything a great guy that will be remember for his passion and kindness. Thoughts go out to his family. We will miss you Paul— Axel Merckx (@axelmerckx) December 2, 2018
Truly saddened about the loss of @PaulSherwen. I knew him as a brilliant commentator and kind, knowledgeable man. He was never too busy for a warm greeting at a race, and always engaging and supportive. It was a pleasure to know you, Paul. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/20184EFUAX— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) December 2, 2018
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. RIP.— Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) December 2, 2018
Cycling will sound a bit different from now on. Paul Sherwen was a gentleman. Part of the soundtrack to my childhood. RIP Paul.— Jane Aubrey (@janeaubrey) December 2, 2018
Paul Sherwen was the voice when I started watching Tour de France in the early 1990s. He was a great inspiration for me. Countless memorable moments on TV.— ammattipyöräily (@ammattipyoraily) December 2, 2018
Paul always ramped up the northern accent whenever we spoke & showed a welcome that’s all too rare in an industry full of oversized egos. One of those cycling commentary colleagues you could listen to speak w/ passers by in Flemish, French & English in the space of a munue. RIP.— Rob Hatch (@robhatchtv) December 3, 2018
Really sad to read the news @PaulSherwen ; I remember him as a rider but even more as PR for the US team Motorola and of course as a TV commentator. It was such a pleasure to meet each time during the Tour but also at the Classics period. Such a good and passionate guy! RIP Paul— John Lelangue (@johnlelangue) December 3, 2018
Devastated to wake up and read of the passing of Paul Sherwen. He was instrumental in getting me started in cycling, and was always a chipper, friendly face ready with words of advice. He will be missed greatly by so many. My thoughts are with his family. RIP.— Charly Wegelius (@wegelius) December 3, 2018
All the Tour de France organisation is deeply saddened by the passing of @PaulSherwen . He has been a great rider and an iconic voice of Le Tour over many years. All our thoughts go to his family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/sZcH5hWjv9— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) December 3, 2018
I cannot grasp that this voice has been stilled and this smile is gone. A gracious gentleman, a friend, an indelible and indefatigable presence on the roads of the Tour and anywhere bikes are raced. My deepest condolences to his loved ones. https://t.co/wl1t2cmE31— Bonnie D. Ford (@Bonnie_D_Ford) December 2, 2018