Paul Sherwen

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A small photo montage tribute to Paul Sherwen who died December 2nd 2018.

 

Obviously we know him most recently from his commentary and for being Phil Liggett’s autocorrect.  Though perhaps one of his most notable achievements was not in winning but on the first day in the mountains of the 1985 Tour de France where he crashed in the first kilometre before the race had left Épinal.   Unfortunately it was a day when Bernard Hinault decided to put the peloton through the grinder.  With zero chance of catching the group, Sherwen rode alone over six mountains accompanied by a Genderme outrider.

After 6 hours Sherwen had to thread through the returning Tour Caravan and was over an hour behind the stage winner, and 23 minutes outside the cut-off.  His courage and endurance were rewarded by reinstatement.  He continued in the rest of that Tour and went on to finish what would be his last Tour.

His Palmares is as follows.

1976

  • 1st Archer Grand Prix
  • 1st Premier Calendar

1977

  • 2nd British National Road Race Championships(Amateur)
  • 2nd Premier Calendar
  • 1st Archer Grand Prix
  • 3rd in GP de France
  • 3rd in Paris-Roubaix Espoirs

1980

  • 3rd in Aix-en-Provence
  • 3rd in Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
  • 3rd in Stage 3 Ronde van België, Brussel

1981

  • 2nd in Gistel
  • 2nd in San Sebastian
  • 3rd in San Sebastian (b)
  • 1st in Tour du Hainaut Occidentale

1982

  • 1st in Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen, Béziers
  • 3rd in Stage 5 part b Tour Méditerranéen, Monaco
  • 3rd in Tour du Haut Var, Seillans
  • 3rd in Ruiselede

1983

  • 1st in GP de Denain
  • 1st in San Sebastian (b)
  • 1st in Stage 3 Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, Saint Quentin
  • 2nd in General Classification Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
  • 2nd in Stage 3 Driedaagse van De Panne, De Panne
  • 3rd in Paris, Paris

1984

  • 3rd in GP de Wallonie, Charleroi

1985

  • 2nd in Clermont-Ferrand
  • 2nd in Great Yarmouth
  • 3rd in Stafford
  • 3rd in Stage 1, Tour of Ireland, Wexford
  • 3rd in Sint-Denijs

1986

  • 1st British National Circuit Race Championships(Professional)
  • 13th in Stage 5, Tour of Ireland
  • 23rd overall Tour of Ireland

1987

  • 1st British National Road Race Championships(Professional)
  • 3rd in Stafford

 

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chris
chris(@chris)
December 3, 2018 8:19 pm

RIP Paul and thank you for all the years of commentary and colour.

It’s odd to think that you have perhaps been as much of many fans memories of cycling as any of the great riders.

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