Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Postcard from... Granada

 

Sir Bradley Wiggins on one of the difficult cobbled sections of the Paris-Roubaix race

Paris-Roubaix 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins earns respect with top 10 finish on French cobbles

Britons Wiggins and Thomas stay in contention until late on against specialist rivals in arduous test

Postcard from... Spain

In the tiny northerly Spanish village of Ardón, for more than 80 years householder Rosa González Perez box of assorted memorabilia has contained a lump of meteorite, the size of a marble, that landed just behind her around 9.30am on 9 July 1931. Fast forward eight decades and the meteorite has finally been dated as 4,565 million years old and been placed on display in Madrid’s National Museum.

Adolfo Suarez: Spain’s first democratically elected Prime Minister who oversaw the transition from the country’s Franco years

When Adolfo Suarez resigned as Prime Minister of Spain in January 1981 after five years in office he pointed out in his farewell speech that no other person in the previous 150 years had democratically ruled Spain for so long. But considerable though that achievement was, others – such as being the co-founder of modern Spanish democracy itself – were more important.

Postcard from... Madrid

As any tourist discovers the first time they set foot in a normal Spanish bar and try (at a decibel rate above that of the multiple televisions with their volumes seemingly set to maximum, other clients’ semi-shouted conversations and waiters bellowing orders for tapas) to order a drink, Spain has long been known as Europe’s noisiest nation.

Postcard from... Granada

Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range is famous for hosting Europe’s most southerly ski station, and its pistes being just an hour from the Mediterranean’s beaches have always proved an extra draw. The downside? Traffic jams at peak hours clogging the winding 30km drive up from Granada, the nearest city.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, left, alongside Sir Dave Brailsford

Sir David Brailsford faces Fergie’s choice, says Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he understands Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford’s wish to review his situation as head of British Cycling and Team Sky.

Postcard from... Madrid

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