Australian cycling mourns death of much-loved commentator Paul Sherwen

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<span class="element-image__caption">Veteran cycling commentator Paul Sherwen interviews Caleb Ewan during the Tour Down Under cycling event teams presentation in Adelaide in 2014.</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Mark Gunter/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Veteran cycling commentator Paul Sherwen interviews Caleb Ewan during the Tour Down Under cycling event teams presentation in Adelaide in 2014. Photograph: Mark Gunter/AFP/Getty Images

Australian cycling fans, riders and journalists have paid tribute to the commentator Paul Sherwen, whose broadcasts for SBS made him a much-loved figure far beyond the sport’s traditional audience. Sherwen’s death, at the age of 62, was confirmed on Monday.

One half of an iconic commentary duo, alongside Phil Liggett, Sherwen covered the Tour de France on 33 occasions, earning high praise for his knowledge, passion and dedication to the sport.

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Highly regarded as a broadcaster, in 2017 the Wall Street Journal wrote of Sherwen and Liggett, “Their place is undeniable.”

“Liggett and Sherwen are an institution. For many, the mellifluous melody and harmony of Paul and Phil is the soundtrack of cycling.”

Sherwen was also a seven-time participant in the Tour between 1978 and 1985 and was a two-time British national champion.

But it was as part of SBS’s cycling coverage – not just of the Tour de France but also the Tour Down Under - that Sherwen became a much-respected and loved figure within Australian cycling, beginning with the network’s first Tour coverage in 1991.

Long-time SBS cycling anchor and presenter Mike Tomalaris led the tributes for Sherwen, alongside sprint legend Robbie McEwen.

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