Paul Sherwen, a pro-cycling commentator widely credited with introducing the English-speaking world to the sport, died on Sunday at his home in Uganda. He was 62.
Sherwen's voice became almost inextricable from the Tour de France and other major cycling events after a stellar career as a competitor. He rode in the Tour seven times during the 1970s and 1980s and finished five times. He won two British road-racing championships. But he was best known for his 33 years describing the world's most famous and grueling cycling competition. His partner for most of those July marathons was a fellow Briton, Phil Liggett.
"I went to bed in Africa with a heavy heart last night feeling sadness like never before," Liggett wrote on Twitter. "My team mate for 33 years was no longer with me. Your hundreds of messages showed how well @PaulSherwen was loved."