Terrible news came through last night about the sudden dead of Paul Sherwen. Sherwen competed in seven editions of the Tour de France and was the national circuit race champion in 1986, plus road race champion the following year. In recent years, he was a well-regarded TV commentator on the Tour and other major races around the world. Born in Widnes Lancashire Sherwen was brought up in Kenya. He started his sporting life as a swimmer, finishing second in the under-14 Kenian swimming championship. However, at 16, he turned to cycling and rode for the Weaver Valley CC in Cheshire, trained regularly with other local riders destined for professional careers, notably Graham Jones, John Herety and Ian Binder.  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. A year later, he won Folkestone-London, attacking from the gun. For the French team Athletic Club Boulogne Billancourt he won Paris-Barentin, Paris-Mauberge and the Tour de l’Essone, was third in the amateur Paris–Roubaix and second in the British championship. Despite spending only part of the year in France due to examinations, he came second in the season-long Palme d’Or competition. 1977 saw him ride the world championship in Venezuela, the pro-am Étoile des Éspoirs and the Scottish Milk Race. In 1978 he turned professional for Fiat and later rode as a domestique in the La Redoute CC. He finished 70th in the 1978 TDF. In 1980, he came close to being eliminated on the third stage of the Tour. He finished outside the cut-off time (a percentage of the winner’s time), but was reinstated in view of his solo chase after a crash. The reinstatement delayed abandonment, and he was to repeat the process six years later. Sherwen was 19th and 11th in Milan San Remo in 1979 and 1980 respectively, and 15th in the 1984 Paris–Roubaix. He finished third in the Tour du haut Fayre, won by Sean Kelly. In 1982, following a stage win in the season-opening Tour of the Mediterranean. He came second in the 4 days od Dunkerque in 1983, winning a stage. He won the Grand Prix de Denain. In the Tour, Sherwen finished 111th in 1982 and 116th in 1984. During the last mountain stage of 1984, he diced with the cut-off time. Riding with Aussie  cyclist Allan Peiper towards the summit at La plagne, Peiper was knocked from his bike by a Dutch enthusiast. Sherwen – aware of the cut-off – told him to get back on his bike and they crossed the line just inside the limit. He later moved into broadcasting and worked alongside Phil Liggett for Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour for several years before moving to NBC Sports in America. The 2018 Tour, in which Geraint Thomas won his first title, was the 33rd Sherwen had commentated on. He suddenly died yesterday in Uganda where he was living ..May you rest in Peace Paul..we surely will miss your voice on TV next summer..Photos and info courtesy of cycling archives Wikipedia and feature photo taken from the BBC website (Getty Images) thanks