Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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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.

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

Paris-Roubaix, his last Sky ride, will bring out Wiggins' inner 12-year-old

Two of the race's most popular nicknames, the Hell of the North and the Queen of the Classics, sum up both its appeal and danger

Servers swing censers during a Holy Week procession in Granada that draws huge crowds

Spanish church pardons prisoners in echoes of the first Easter

A ceremony carried out behind closed doors in Spain since 1759 is now a TV event

Gent-Wevelgem Classic: Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte continue Team Sky’s strong start

The appalling weather caused numerous crashes and Thomas was half-blown off the road and flipped over his bike

Australian Richie Porte (second right), of Team Sky, in action during yesterday’s fourth stage in La Molina, Catalonia

Volta a Catalunya 2015: Chris Froome slips to 131st place after 'returning from illness' in the Pyrenees

British rider loses 28 minutes to Alberto Contador on tough mountain stage

Buddy Holly’s horn-rimmed glasses were lost when he was killed, aged 22, in a plane crash in 1959; 31 years later the glasses were unearthed in a coroner’s office

Postcard from... Lubbock

Even without signboards, the sizable sculpture of a pair of heavy black glasses outside Lubbock’s Buddy Holly Centre would have made it clear what it is all about.

Postcard from... Austin

“Honey don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun,” sings James McMurtry as he opens his regular Wednesday night set at the Continental Club – the grand-daddy of venues in Austin, Texas – with the first lines of a song off his new album.

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