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RIP Paul Sherwen
« on: December 02, 2018, 20:33 »
Paul Sherwen R.I.P.

Quite sudden and shocking, really.  He was only 62-years-old.

https://twitter.com/Sonjamclaughlan/status/1069310583286243328

https://twitter.com/shaaka777/status/1069220313878196225


He was Tweeting himself just two days ago.  :(
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    Re: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #1 on: December 02, 2018, 20:46 »
    Nothing on Twitter yet from Phil Liggett.

    He must be absolutely heartbroken.

    I long felt—and was very vocal about my belief—that both P&P should've been run out of town in the wake of Armstrong's demise, and it would hypocritical for me pretend otherwise now. But I have to feel for Liggett. This must be tremendously difficult for him.

    I could still enjoy Paul sometimes when he was doing broadcasts with just CVV, and as much as I felt he had long ago become too much a cliché of himself, I always respected his background, and his multi-lingual abilities.

    Nothing from Lance yet either. This is very recent news with little to no details yet.
    It's very sad, no doubt.

    https://twitter.com/nealrogers/status/1069329540994949125

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    Re: Re: RIP/ memorial announcements
    « Reply #3 on: December 02, 2018, 22:10 »
     A very heartfelt and touching tribute from Matt Keenan.

    https://omny.fm/shows/breakfast-with-tony-leonard-tony-shaw-and-jimmy-ba/matt-keenan-pays-emotional-tribute-to-paul-sherwen

    https://twitter.com/1278Breakfast/status/1069348543368855552


    This just in from NBC
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    NBC Sports cyclist analyst Paul Sherwen died Sunday at age 62.

    Sherwen, one of the most well-known voices in the sport, was involved in 40 Tours de France, including 33 as a commentator and seven as a competitor. He also covered cycling at five Olympics for NBC in 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

    As a pro cyclist, Sherwen won British national titles in 1986 and 1987 and raced in prestigious one-day classics Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo.

    Sherwen lived in Uganda since age 7 and was a citizen of the East African nation. He helped create Paul’s Peloton, which brought bicycles to Africa, and advocated for African wildlife as a chairman of the Ugandan Conservation Foundation and supporter of the Helping Rhinos initiative.

    “We are saddened to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Sherwen, who passed away this morning at his home in Uganda,” NBC Sports said in a statement. “Paul was synonymous with the Tour de France in the U.S. and will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and the NBC Sports family, which was honored to be part of Paul’s 40th Tour last July. Our thoughts are with Paul’s wife, Katherine, their children, and all of those in the cycling community who became Paul Sherwen fans over his many years calling the sport he loved.”
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwin
    « Reply #5 on: December 03, 2018, 00:03 »
    I have moved these posts into their own thread.


    RIP Paul Sherwin  :(
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwin
    « Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018, 01:11 »
    Darn....darn...darn...

    Cheers
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #11 on: December 03, 2018, 13:03 »
    Graham Watson's classic shot of Sherwen after Paris-Roubaix ... love the effort and emotion apparent in it ... (although apparently the photo made Sherwen's mum cry out of concern for her boy ...)


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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #14 on: December 03, 2018, 23:30 »
    I've always been fond of this particular moment in cycling history. One of P&P's finer moments.

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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #15 on: December 03, 2018, 23:33 »
    https://twitter.com/jasongay/status/1069681363614355457



    Cycling’s Phil Says Goodbye to Cycling’s Paul
    A conversation with the Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett about the death of his broadcast partner, Paul Sherwen

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/cyclings-phil-says-goodbye-to-cyclings-paul-1543861003

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    Liggett befriended Sherwen as the latter launched his career as a professional cyclist, moving off to France and serving mostly a support rider, or domestique, for bigger talents. Liggett thinks this is one reason why Sherwen became a great commentator—if cycling is, as the saying goes, a sport of “stars and water carriers,” Sherwen was a water carrier, someone who understood not just the glory of cycling, but the humility of it. (He got the nickname “Climber,” because he wasn’t much of a climber.) It made him empathetic, a listener as well as a talker.

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    Lately, Sherwen had been bicycling more. Liggett said he’d heard Sherwen had ridden nearly every day with commentator and former pro Bob Roll while they called the Vuelta a Espana race in September. Sometimes he would call Sherwen in Uganda, and Paul would be on his stationary trainer, riding around English roads on the cycling simulator Zwift.

    “He was enjoying it again,” Liggett said
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #16 on: December 03, 2018, 23:59 »
    https://twitter.com/Bonnie_D_Ford/status/1069663179578507264

    http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/25442734


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    When I first started covering the Tour de France nearly 20 years ago, I was among very few women in the press room and a double minority as one of a handful of American reporters who were there wire-to-wire. There were some guys I had to work to win over. Paul Sherwen was not one of them. He treated me like an equal and a colleague from the start.
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #18 on: December 04, 2018, 01:23 »

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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #19 on: December 04, 2018, 02:36 »
    Here is one of the more humanizing articles that I've come across. A very personal insight with some interesting details about Paul Sherwen's life, including some wonderful photos.

    https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/1069720537109123072

    The weekly spin: Why Paul Sherwen’s death hurts
    by Neal Rogers

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    His death was sudden and unexpected; the cause of death has been ruled as heart failure. He leaves behind a wife, Katherine, and two children, his son Alexander and daughter Margaux.
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    Paul Sherwen was born in Lancashire, England, in 1956. He was raised in Africa, in Uganda as a young boy — his father managed a fertilizer and cotton insecticide factory in Tororo  — and in Kenya as a teenager. Prior to his racing career, Sherwen took an engineering degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

    During a pro career that spanned from 1978 to 1987, Sherwen started seven Tours de France, and finished five of them. He spent six seasons in the La Redoute jersey, sponsored by a French mail-order company, and his final two seasons wearing the Raleigh logo, sponsored by the British bike brand.
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    A domestique throughout his career, Sherwen only had a handful of victories, but he did win a stage of the 1983 Four Days of Dunkirk, finishing second overall, and he was the British national champion in 1987, his final season. He twice finished in the top 15 at Monuments, at Milan-San Remo in 1980, and Paris-Roubaix in 1984

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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 13:01 »
    I suppose this one should be included as well:

    Phil Liggett: The empty chair to my left

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    On Sunday I'll go through the same routine I've gone through a thousand times. I'll wake, I'll read over my notes, and then I'll head towards the commentary booth to prepare for the Down Under Classic – the traditional curtain-raiser to the Tour Down Under.

    Only one thing will be different, only one thing won't be the same, and while I know what it is, and how I feel about it, I don't know if I'm ready. You see, for the past 35 years I've gone through that routine with my friend, my brother, Paul Sherwen. But when I reach the commentary booth on Sunday afternoon, the chair to my left, where Paul would always sit, will be empty.

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    I'll have the same emotions on Sunday when the race starts and I enter the booth and see that empty chair. I used to complain that Paul's notes and papers would encroach on my side of the desk – about how it would be messy and untidy. This week, Robbie McEwen will join me, and he's an excellent commentator who I have an awful lot of respect for. I'm worried, though, that I'll call him Paul.


    There was speculation as to whether or not Phil would be commentating at all this year. Maybe he'll use this a "Farewell Tour" of sorts?

    I mean... :angel
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #21 on: January 14, 2019, 02:17 »
    I suppose this one should be included as well:

    Phil Liggett: The empty chair to my left

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    But we had so many laughs. At races we'd share rooms – not because the budgets were tight, but because we'd lie awake until the small hours and share stories. That's such a rarity because the so-called 'talent' never share rooms. He would tell me all these fascinating stories about his riding days, about Africa and his passions, and I would share everything I knew about journalism.

    So...what did you talk about after the first night?  :-x

    (Sorry. I'm tolerant only to a point.)
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #22 on: January 14, 2019, 02:18 »
    Just sort of bookending this thread for posterity, although I'm sure a few more will emerge as the season unfolds.

    https://twitter.com/tourdownunder/status/1084333166549028864
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #24 on: January 31, 2019, 16:31 »
    Per the above link:

    It really does seem that pro cycling was but a small fraction of what Sherwen was involved with. Quite the adventurous life, by all accounts.

    I'm curious about this though, as I've read this before but never quite understood it:
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    Later, during UCI seasons in which Liggett and Sherwen would be in a remote broadcast booth in Connecticut for the majority of the coverage,

    The "majority" of the coverage? Of which races? Surely not the Tour, as I thought they were always on location. And for races such as the AMGEN tour, I was always led to believe the same. And why Connecticut? The only thing here that makes sense is the ESPN headquarters, but ESPN has never had anything to do with cycling. Unless they had some arrangement to use the production facilities there? It just seems odd.
    :slow
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #25 on: January 31, 2019, 18:36 »
    The "majority" of the coverage? Of which races? Surely not the Tour, as I thought they were always on location. And for races such as the AMGEN tour, I was always led to believe the same.
    I don't know it, but I think they were on location for far fewer races than you'd think.
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    Re: RIP Paul Sherwen
    « Reply #26 on: February 11, 2019, 04:38 »
    Bleemin' heck.

    This sure is one of the more horrible answers I could find to my annual post-winter "did I miss anything over the last months" question.

    I just figured that waking up after my winter slumber in February, only to discover that De Omloop is not until MARCH was the worst possible news, and then this.

    It's quite a thought that the eternal soundtrack to cycling no longer is eternal, as far as the English Dubbed International Cut is concerned. For all the wrong reasons.

    Man I have bitched, but I bet "you'll miss me when I am gone" will be one of those thoughts cropping up over the next few years, at choice times.

    P-sans-P. Say it ain't so.

    RIP
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