Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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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

Geraint Thomas has offered superb support to Chris Froome and could finish on the podium in Paris

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome says there is room at the top for team-mate Geraint Thomas

The Team Sky rider has helped the race leader chase down a blizzard of attacks

Lance Armstrong, centre, is causing controversy by doing a two-day charity ride on the route

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome fires back as 'tainted idols' doubt his dominance

Briton says remarks from Laurent Jalabert and Cédric Vasseur were 'quite rich'

Lance Armstrong during his 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey

Tour de France 2015: Lance Armstrong haunts race by returning to ride same route

'Some people are very cynical but I'm not so sure his return is automatically negative,' says one of the disgraced champion's most outspoken critics

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