Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham is Cycling Correspondent and Spain Correspondent for The Independent.

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Susana Diaz is all but certain to make a call for snap regional elections for 22 March

Snap regional elections in Spain as anti-austerity party Podemos leads polls

Since its creation last year, Podemos has rocketed to a leading position in polls

The Codex Calixtinus is the first guide for Christians travelling to Santiago de Compostela

Spanish electrician on trial for theft of medieval travel guide Codex Calixtinus

Prosecution is expected to argue theft was not motivated by greed but by a desire for revenge on the cathedral clergy over failure to give the long-serving electrician a work contract

Catalan Prime Minister Artur Mas' announcement adds fresh fuel to the deeply divisive issue of independence

Catalan independence: PM Artur Mas criticised over decision to bring forward regional elections

The poll will be a substitute for last year's plans for an official referendum, but will mean Catalans voting three times in eight months

Postcard from... Madrid

For thousands of Spanish small businesses – from the Cafe Central, one of Spain’s most famous jazz bars, to the Así toyshop on Madrid’s central Gran Via boulevard, with its teddy bears and train sets – New Year 2015 was anything but welcome. Instead, for many closure looms.

Due to Spanish law changes traditional small businesses are in danger of closure

Ten-fold rent increase sees Spanish shops close

Some small business rents were kept artificially low by a curious piece of Spanish commercial legislation, allowing only inflation-linked rises on 1994 levels

Mark Cavendish: I want to ride the Tour de France forever

As he prepares to start a new season, the greatest sprinter the Tour de France has seen tells Alasdair Fotheringham that after last year’s crash he wants to go on for as long as he can

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain stands on the podium after winning the Elite Men's Individual Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins to exit Team Sky to lead development side

Wiggins widely expected to help develop young track riders

The car crashed into the headquarters of the Spanish People's Party

Has the failed Spanish car bomber won the lottery?

His village had won a slice of the €2.2bn (£1.7bn) El Gordo lottery

Spain's Princess Cristina walks toward her office in Barcelona, Spain

King of Spain’s sister Princess Cristina faces tax fraud trial over husband Inaki Urdangarin's business dealings

The high-profile case has damaged the image of Spain's wealthy monarchy amid harsh austerity measures in the country

The car crashed into the headquarters of the Spanish People's Party

Failed Spanish mushroom inspector in failed bid to blow up ruling party HQ

Man ploughed his car into the headquarters of the Partido Popular

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