Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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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.

Elderly women cast their votes in Andalucia

Spanish anti-austerity party to play kingmaker role after vote

Podemos was poised for a possible role as kingmaker in the first of four significant electoral tests in Spain this year

Postcard from... Marfa, Texas

If seeing some two dozen existentialist questions, ranging from “Is one idea big enough?” to “Can complexity be simple?” written ornately in yard-high letters across an outside wall seems wacky enough, in the remote west Texas town of Marfa, lots more surprises lie in store.

Froome has drawn first blood in his duel with Contador

Tour of Andalusia 2015: First blood to Chris Froome as battle against Alberto Contador is resumed

Froome’s victory was his third straight triumph in his first event of the season

The painting and the ‘loot’: 1.7m counterfeit Swiss Francs

Con-men's attempt to sell forged Goya painting backfires when they are paid with fake money

To make matters even worse, French customs later discovered the fake Swiss Francs in their suitcase, and informed the Spanish authorities

Postcard from... Madrid

Ever since I moved to Spain in the 1990s one of its most distinctive, and irritating, street noises has remained unchanged: the once- or twice-weekly racket caused by the “gas lorry” on its rounds, delivering hefty bright orange metal cylinders of butane  gas. Partly thanks to the recession, the noise is unlikely to stop soon.

The village of Mijas is best-known for having donkeys as taxis

Allotment rock as Andalusian village mayor's wife sings his praises in council meeting

The two-minute song names creating vegetable allotments for the elderly and congratulating them on their birthdays as just two of the highlights of Angel Nozal’s tenure

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