Defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) has paid tribute to cycling TV commentator and former pro Paul Sherwen, who died suddenly of heart failure in early December at his home in Uganda. A memorial service is set for Sherwen Wednesday afternoon in Manchester Cathedral. “I had a little bit to do with him, but [the news of his death] was really sad news to hear; he was one of the voices of cycling,” Thomas told Cyclingnews the evening before the start of his first race of 2019, the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “Whenever you hear his voice, it just reminds you of watching bike racing.” Thomas said he vividly remembered listening to Sherwen as a commentator on the Tour de France when he was growing up and as a younger bike rider. “His voice is iconic,” he added. As for Thomas himself, the Tour de France champion will race the Valenciana for the first time in his career, after usually opting for a later season start in Portugal’s Volta ao Algarve, where he finished second overall and won a stage last February.
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