Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Criquielion: he remained a hero to Belgians long after he had retired

Claudy Criquielion: Cyclist whose many wins were overshadowed by a race he famously lost and the ensuing legal fall-out

Criquielion became team manager for two leading Belgian squads, Lotto and Crelan-Euphony, before moving into local politics

Richie Porte

Giro d'Italia 2015: Richie Porte must step up into leading role as Sky enter new era

Without Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome, pressure will be on the in-form Australian in Italy

Carr in 1993: in academic circles he was known as an amiable, brilliant, selfdeprecating professor

Professor Sir Raymond Carr: Celebrated scholar whose work explained and illuminated Spanish society before, during and after the Franco regime

In British academic circles he was known as an amiable, self-deprecating, brilliant professor, shrouded in cigarette smoke, a keen musician with a spectacular social life - in Spain he had almost the status of a national hero

King Felipe of Spain greeting Shlomo Moshe Amar, the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid last month

Spain's offer to Sephardic Jews to 'come home' may come with costly strings and red tape attached

The application procedure for 'returning' Sephardic Jews has been criticised for cost and complication, and for the possible inclusion of a general knowledge test on Spain's constitution

What if ...? The restored 60ft hull of ‘La Belle’

How Texas could have been French-speaking... had it not been for this maritime disaster

The state might have been very different had ‘La Belle’ not gone down in a storm in 1686

Alex Dowsett on his way tot he hour record

Alex Dowsett hour record: Pure delight as British cyclist displays his hour class

An impressively calculated performance netted Commonwealth Games champion Alex Dowsett one of cyclng’s most prestigious prizes

Postcard from... Le Quesnoy

Installed on an outside wall of a barn on a lonely rural back road in northern France is what is surely one of the rarer kinds of vending machines – selling bags of fresh potatoes.

The 1.18-metre mop and matching bucket went on sale at Balclis, the leading Spanish auction house

First commercially available mop and bucket on sale for €300 at Spanish auction house

The 1956 invention proved so successful that 60 million were sold in a little over a decade - but claims they helped women's struggle for equality are shaky

Postcard from... Bilbao

The former seminary buildings at Derio, just outside Bilbao, are so large that it takes a good 10 minutes to walk around the perimeter. Yet, by the time the seminary closed down in 1974 – when a vocational crisis began to affect Spain’s Catholic Church – the complex was reportedly home to just two future priests.

Bradley Wiggins now views the Paris-Roubaix race as a ‘bigger’ prize than the Tour de France

Flying finish but no final road victory for Sir Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins' young Sky team-mate Luke Rowe was the first Briton home with a notable eighth place.

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor