Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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British cyclist Christopher Froome of SKY and Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde of Movistar at the Tour of Spain

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome’s bad luck strikes again with sixth crash of year

After crashing three times in the Tour de France and being forced to abandon as a result of his injuries, Britain’s Chris Froome might have had reason to hope that his run of accidents had finally ended. But on Friday as Froome fell heavily at the Vuelta a Espana, he was proved wrong.

Horse-racing across the beach is a time-honoured Sanlúcar de Barrameda tradition

Postcard from... Sanlúcar de Barrameda

With a record total of 7.8 million foreign tourists in Spain this July, Andalusia’s Sanlúcar de Barrameda is surely one of the country’s last coastal towns where overseas visitors remain a minority.

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky chases back to the peloton after being involved in a crash just after the start of stage four

Chris Froome back in the saddle but quick to play down his chances

Briton’s post-crash fitness will be put to test on his return to action in Spain’s Grand Tour

Postcard from... Galicia

Shortly after midnight, a hooded, cloaked figure scurried across the garden of a rural hotel in Galicia, chanting as she joined a group around a cauldron where blue flames flickered.

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line on the final stage of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Marcel Kittel wins final stage on Champs-Elysees as Vincenzo Nibali is confirmed as champion

Nibali becomes the first Italian to win the Tour since 1998

Geraint Thomas has crashed in the last three stages but claims that is fairly normal

Team Sky look to Tour de France 2015 as Geraint Thomas signs new two-year deal

The British rider impressed at this year's Tour de France and has been rewarded with a new contract until the end of 2016

Tony Gallopin gave France reason to cheer on stage 11

Tour de France 2014 best moments: Yorkshire, free baskets and the race’s new pain in the backside

Gallopin takes centre stage for resurrecting French pride

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands celebrates winning La Course

La Course 2014: Marianne Vos surges to Paris victory that pushes women on

Inaugural race on the Champs Élysées sees Dutchwoman come out on top

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, is congratulated by teammates as he crosses the finish line of the final stage of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali confirmed as champion as he puts Italy back on the map with triumph

Astana rider restores one of the sport's traditional powerhouses to top spot by becoming first Italian winner since Marco Pantani in 1998

Nibali on the podium in the overall leader’s yellow jersey

Tour de France 2014: Consistent Vincenzo Nibali sees off rivals with time to spare

'The Shark' finishes with a winning margin of nearly eight minutes after swallowing mountain stages aplenty
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