Cycling figures and fans pay tribute to David Duffield, who died on Sunday

Former Eurosport cycling commentator David Duffield has reportedly died, aged 84, on Sunday after a fall.

Current Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby announced that Duffield had died via Twitter on Sunday afternoon, saying: “Just heard my dear friend David Duffield has died. He passed away this morning following injuries sustained in a heavy fall. Saddest of news.”

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Duffield was best known for his commentary of major cycle races on Eurosport for many years, but he also had a life-long involvement with the world of cycling, having worked in the cycle industry for much of his life and been a keen racer.

He also regularly commentated live at cycling events, including the Tour Series and Tour of Britain.

After Kirby’s announcement, many tributes to Duffield appeared on social media.

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  • Rupert the Super Bear

    That’s very sad. David was a one off, a unique and precious character. I only met David once but he was obviously a very nice man, friendly and well meaning, a real gent.

  • Bettina Schneider

    He was a collegue for many years and one of the nicest… always friendly, always smiling, always gentlemanlike – a wonderful man. We’ll never forget you, David!!

  • The Awakening

    Very sad to hear and read this news. Cycling has lost a friend of the sport, who lit up the magic of cycle racing, with enthusiastic and purposeful commentary.

    Condolences to family and friends of David Duffield, at this very sad moment in time.