Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Marcel Kittel ended Mark Cavendish’s run of four consecutive Champs-Elysées victories last year

Tour de France 2014: Marcel Kittel waiting to capture Manx Missile’s sprint crown

When Marcel Kittel took part in the Giro d’Italia in Northern Ireland this May, the Belfast Telegraph namechecked the Giant-Shimano rider as “one of the top 10 things to watch out for in the race”. The Telegraph reasoned the 26-year-old sprinter’s handsome blond looks were sure to cause heads to turn – but  as it happened, Kittel did not need to rely on them to be the centre of attention.

Guided Tour: British pioneer Brian Robinson knows the hills well

Tour de France 2014: ‘You can lose this race at the start on those hard Yorkshire climbs,’ says Britain's first Tour winner

There are those who think that this year’s Tour has one of its toughest starts in nearly 40 years. And if one of the three British stages is to blame for that, you would have to single out stage two, the 201-kilometre trek from York to Sheffield on Sunday 8 July.

Triomphe: Chris Froome leads the way through Paris after securing victory in last year’s Tour

Tour de France 2014: Chris Froome can win the race again, says Miguel Indurain

Five-time Tour champion says Briton ‘has it in his legs’ to see off Alberto Contador’s challenge and retain the crown

Postcard from... Sarajevo

With the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand looming this Saturday, there is no shortage of First World War commemorative events in Sarajevo. However, reminders of a much more recent conflict remain visible.

Postcard from... Madrid

For a tricky pub quiz question, try this: what do a street in the Armenian town of Gyumri, a street in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and a square in Madrid all have in common? The answer is they are three locations outside the UK named after the late Margaret Thatcher -  in Madrid’s case, announced recently.

Wiggins on his winning ride in 2011

Tour de Suisse 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins suffers another blow to Tour de France hopes after he is ruled out of Switzerland Tour with a knee injury

Wiggins is unlikely to feature in Team Sky's line-up to tackle the Tour de France

Chris Froome, wearing the green jersey, was left behind by Alberto Contador, in the yellow

Chris Froome suffers power failure after ‘favouritism’ allegations

Chris Froome experienced a rough day on several fronts yesterday as the Kenyan-born Briton cracked badly in the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, while Team Sky were forced to fend off allegations in the French press of favouritism by cycling’s governing body, the UCI, towards the defending Tour champion.

Mountain to climb: Richie Porte, right, is followed by Chris Froome and his rival Alberto Contador

Critérium du Dauphiné 2014: Bruised Chris Froome loses race lead to Alberto Contador

With less than three weeks to go to the Tour de France, defending champion Chris Froome suffered an unexpected setback yesterday when he lost the lead of the Critérium du Dauphiné race to arch-rival Alberto Contador of Spain.

Chris Froome on his way to victory during yesterday’s time trial

Criterium du Dauphine 2014: Chris Froome on top again but Porte raises Tour concerns

Froome now leads his nearest rival by 12 seconds after winning the two opening stages

Chris Froome on his way to victory during yesterday’s time trial

Criterium du Dauphine 2014: Chris Froome cements status as Sky’s top man with stunning time-trial victory

Froome looks certain to head into the Tour de France as Team Sky's lead rider

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil