Paul Sherwen

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Professional English racing cyclist and broadcaster Paul Sherwen was June 7, 1956, in Widnes, Lancashire, and died on December 2, 2018.

After his cyclist career and he later a broadcaster on cycling, notably the Tour de France.

Sherwen raced in seven editions of the Tour, finishing five, and gained a reputation for his ability to suffer over long mountain stages.

He was raised in Kenya.

Paul Sherwen entered his sporting life as a swimmer, completed second in the under-14 Kenyan swimming championship.

After going back to Britain, he won the regional under-18 championship for Runcorn and District.

But, at 16, Sherwen switched to cycling and rode for the Weaver Valley CC in Cheshire, receiving guidance from Manchester coach Harold Nelson and trained regularly with other local riders destined for professional careers, notably Graham Jones, John Herety and Ian Binder.

When Paul was 19 years old, riding for Altrincham Road Club, he won the season-long Star Trophy series in 1976, winning the Manx International and the Archer Pernod GP and two stages in the Tour of Malago.

Then, a year later, Paul was the winner of the Folkestone-London, attacking from the gun.

Up until the conclusion of the 2016 Tour de France, Sherwen commentated for Australia’s SBS Network and the United States’ NBC Sports with Phil Liggett.

He resided in Kampala, Uganda where he had interests in a gold mine, travels between Uganda and the United States regularly.

Later, himself and Liggett commentated for NBC Sports only.

Paul Sherwen passed away at 62 years old.

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