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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