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Monday, December 3, 2018

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Paul Sherwen, broadcaster and former professional rider, dies at 62

Here's the story from the UK Guardian:

The death of respected cycling broadcaster and former professional rider Paul Sherwen has been confirmed at the age of 62.

Peul Sherwen

Paul Sherwen rode the Tour de France seven times. Photo: Morné de Klerk/Getty

Born in Lancashire, Sherwen made his name during the 1980s, competing in seven Tour de Frances and twice becoming British national champion. He later moved into broadcasting and worked alongside commentator Phil Liggett for Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour for several years before moving to NBC Sports in America. The 2018 Tour – which saw Geraint Thomas win his first title – was the 33rd Sherwen had commentated on.

You can read the entire Guardian piece here.

Mark Renshaw to miss season start after fracturing pelvis

Here's the post from Renshaw's Dimension Data team:

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Mark Renshaw will miss the start of the season after sustaining an injury in a collision with a motor vehicle while training in his hometown of Bathurst.

Dr. Helge Riepenhoff, Head of Medical, confirmed the extent of the injury: “Mark has a fracture of his left pelvis. Unfortunately it will take at least 3-4 months until he will be back racing but the good news is that he doesn’t need surgery.”

Renshaw has been training at home since the recent conclusion of our annual training camp in Cape Town and was set to get his season underway at the Australian National Road Championships in early January.

Mark Renshaw

Mark Renshaw time-trialing in 2016. Sirotti photo

Renshaw, speaking from his hospital bed, said: “I was heading back out on the road for the final two hours of my five hour training ride and as I entered the roundabout the car looked like it was going to stop, I assume the driver didn’t see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis.

“I’m not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injury’s but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realize it could have been much worse”

“I’m devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019. I returned from our training camp super motivated for next season and I was already into serious training for January’s racing. It’s gutting to have another set-back but as hospital staff have told me, it could have been much worse then what is was.”

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