Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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An emotional Chris Froome on the podium

Tour de France 2015: 'It’s more special than I had ever thought possible,' says triumphant Chris Froome

Tour de France leader – and soon-to-be-winner – Chris Froome admitted that his hold on the yellow jersey had not been as tight as he would have liked at some points in the race, with illness making his task more difficult during the Alps.

Chris Froome celebrates sealing his second Tour de France title

Tour de France 2015: Never mind Pinot, it’s bubbly for Chris Froome

Team Sky rider is on the brink of becoming the first Briton to win the Tour twice after surviving an attack by Nairo Quintana on Alpe d’Huez. He is also King of the Mountains

Spanish co-team leader Carlos Sastre (CSC/Den) rides in the last alone breakaway, on July 23, 2008

Tour de France 2015: Legendary s tatus is the highly sought prize for vic tory on Alpe d'Huez

There is the urban myth that if you are wearing yellow on the Alpe d’Huez, the penultimate stage, you will be guaranteed victory in Pari

Tour de France 2015: Romain Bardet win helps hosts to put aside Chris Froome questions

However, after the stage. the Briton continued to face a slowing but steady series of questions about doping insinuations, including one about whether his bike had been tested for a secret motor

Froome is all smiles after retaining the yellow jersey - and his lead of over three minutes - on Wednesday

Tour de France 2015: Mountains and heat pose threat to Chris Froome's grip on race

Riders face demanding climbs over the coming days

Chris Froome, wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, is followed by Vincenzo Nibali during the 17th stage of the Tour de France from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the Alps

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome urges rivals to go public on day Alberto Contador falls

Spaniard out of contention following crash while yellow jersey holder wants others to publish race data

Chris Froome signs autographs at Team Sky’s hotel during the Tour de France rest day on Tuesday

Tour de France 2015: Sky release Chris Froome data in an attempt to silence doping claims

The speculation surrounding the race leader has partly arisen from the hacking and wildly varying interpretations of some of his data documents

Geraint Thomas could one day be Team Sky's Grand Tour contender

Tour de France 2015: Geraint Thomas hitting the heights as new Chris Froome

Team Sky are keeping it under their helmets but the Welshman is busy moving mountains to become next British contender

Germany’s André Greipel, in red, beats compatriot John Degenkolb, in black, to his third stage victory of this year’s Tour in Valence

Tour de France 2015: ‘I’m not afraid’ claims Chris Froome as police step up Team Sky security

Move follows physical attacks and extensive online abuse of the team

Chris Froome had a cup of urine thrown over him

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome has cup of urine thrown over him to overshadow Stephen Cummings victory

Froome has cup of urine thrown over him but extends overall lead as 34-year-old Briton takes stage for his unheralded African team

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