Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Wiggins on his winning ride in 2011

Tour de France 2014: Sky accused of 'low' act by leaving Sir Bradley Wiggins out of team

Former British cycling great Robert Millar has criticised the likely non-selection of Sir Bradley Wiggins for Team Sky's line-up in the Tour de France this year, calling it "the ultimate snub for the [Tour de France's] Grand Depart in Yorkshire."

Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) said he would ride for Chris Froome (right) in this year’s Tour de France, but Team Sky decided otherwise

Alasdair Fotheringham: Sky have taken risk by discarding Tour de France expert Sir Bradley Wiggins

History is split on the wisdom of a team dropping one of their two top riders
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe salutes at the national flag during a military ceremony of the San Hermenegildo Order

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates: Spanish government clears way for Prince Felipe to be crowned before the end of the month

There is media speculation that 18 June – Juan Carlos Saint’s Day and a holiday across much of Spain – could be an appropriate date for the coronation

Castrillo Matajudios: Name-change helps village to forget its links with Spanish persecution

The phrase ‘kill the Jews’ did not correspond to  the way this village thinks or acts these days

Luis Ocana (left) leads the 11th stage of the 1971 Tour de France between Grenoble and Orcières-Merlette

Luis Ocaña: the rider with no limits – and no luck at all

Spaniard who challenged Eddy Merckx died 20 years ago this week. He was one of the most unfortunate athletes in history
In just one corrida, or session, on Tuesday, three bullfighters were gored

Is it finally time for Spain to ban bull fighting?

Three toreros were gored this week in Madrid's Fiesta of San Isidro. So should the country hang up the red capes and move with the times?

Ben Swift was ‘race leader on the road’ during the fifth stage

Giro d'Italia 2014: Ben Swift's bold break runs out of steam but makes some points

Sky rider was 'race leader on the road' before dropping 12 minutes back on the day's final climb
Ben Swift was beaten on the line by Marcel Kittel in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia in Dublin
Team Sky train on the streets of Belfast

Giro d'Italia in the pink as race kicks off in Ireland

Three Irish stages are giving the old Grand Tour classic a healthy complexion
Javier Escarceller, sitting in his niece’s living room in Caseres

A hero of Spanish cinemas: Meet the man who opened 14 small film houses in the remote regions of Catalonia

97-year-old Javier Escarceller fought to open a cinema during Spain’s great recession in 1951. He explains his obsession – and how he is determined to keep it open in equally troubled times

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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