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    Very sad indeed. I've managed to get to know both Phil and Paul fairly well over the last 13-14 years...Paul will be missed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
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    Wow, truly sad to hear of this. I've not heard of him being ill prior to this. RIP to a terrific cycling personality and ambassador to the sport.

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    Cycling commentary without both Paul & Phil always seems strange to me, like not hearing Cosell during a boxing match.

    Condolences.

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    TBH I locked Phil in the LA fan closet years ago. Paul offered something different. 62, too young. Tailwinds RIP.

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    A great ambassador to the sport he so loved.
    So young and such a vibrant, passionate man.. I wonder why he passed away?

    RIP Paul.

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    Terrible news. Rest in Peace and Happiness!
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    A lot of folks around here gave Phil and Paul a hard time, but for my money they were the gold standard of race commentary. They didn't just call the races, they were ambassadors and cheerleaders for the sport as well. It is, indeed, a sad day for cycling.
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    Could not believe this news when I saw the headline. I'm shocked and saddened. Cycling has lost one of its best.

    Sad day indeed.

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    Phil and Paul were the Summerall and Madden of Cycling, in a sense.

    He will be greatly missed.

    Sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans the world over.

    Rest In Peace.
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    Sad that we wont be hearing him say "hes digging into his suit case of courage" anymore. Been watching his race commentary since the late 90s, his love of the sport was so apparent that I dont think he can be replaced,

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    I, too, was sad to hear of his passing. Watching the Tour won't be the same.
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    I liked that guy a lot. I've missed him and Phil the last few years as the Canadian TV's TDF feed has the Aussie commentators instead of P&P.
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    According to Wikipedia, he died of heart failure. I've been unable to find an article that discusses his cause of death. I'll definitely miss his commentary and enthusiasm.
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    Very very sad. When I heard the news a few days ago I was completely floored. I didn't have access to a computer for two days so I hope people don't think I'm just jumping on the band wagon. Paul was the best. I feel totally selfish for saying that I and all the legion of cycling fans will miss him, I have to remember that he has a wife and two children that will miss him more than any of us ever will. I'm so sorry for their loss. Our hearts go out to his family. It seems the good truly die young. Thank you for all the wonderful years of racing and your gentleman like comments.

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    The Tour will never be the same. His insights and refreshing commentary will be missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadCube View Post
    The Tour will never be the same. His insights and refreshing commentary will be missed.
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    … as much as I enjoy Phil, Paul also was able to bring that perspective of a former Pro rider. When Phil would say that "He is suffering like he's never suffered before", Paul would come back with "He's digging deep into his suitcase of courage".

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