Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Andrew Talansky, of the US, crashes as the pack, with stage winner, Matteo Trentin, (foreground left), sprints towards the finish line

Tour de France 2014: Nibali braced for rivals to climb into him

Defending champion Chris Froome’s withdrawal has left a huge power vacuum

Richie Porte (right) has taken over as Sky leader from Chris Froome

Tour de France 2014: Now Chris Froome has gone it is Richie Porte’s big chance to impress, says Sean Yates

Former Team Sky sports director says it's Tasmanian's turn 'to step up to the plate'

Germany's Andre Greipel crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France

Tour de France 2014: Xabi Zandio crash adds to Sky woes as Andre Greipel ends Marcel Kittel's sprint dominance

German rider takes victory on the 194km stage between Arras and Reims

Bradley Wiggins’ absence will be more keenly felt than ever after Chris Froome’s departure

Alasdair Fotheringham: Chris Froome’s exit exposes Sky’s folly in lacking Plan B

Team Sky’s strategy of placing all their bets on Chris Froome for the Tour de France in 2014, rather than having Sir Bradley Wiggins in the line-up as a Plan B, is in disarray following the abandonment of the race by the Kenyan-born Briton after barely five stages.

Lars Boom of Holland cross the finish line to take stage five victory

Chris Froome out of Tour de France 2014: Lars Boom takes muddy victory on dramatic stage five that sees defending champion crash out of the race

Riders competed in atrocious conditions on the 155.5km stage between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Chris Froome pulls out of the Tour de France

Chris Froome crashes OUT of Tour de France as title defence lasts just five days before third accident sees him abandon campaign

Froome lands on the opposite hip after suffering grazes on Tuesday, and falls a minute behind the peloton with his Team Sky team-mates for support

Roger Hammond (left) and Thor Hushovd ride over the cobbles during a Paris-Roubaix training session

Tour de France 2014: Road to ‘hell’ will cause mass panic in peloton

Sky’s decision to omit cobbles specialist Sir Bradley Wiggins may backfire

Chris Froome continued on stage four, but was showing the effects of the crash he suffered early on

Tour de France 2014: Marcel Kittel takes his third win in four stages as Chris Froome suffers wrist injury following crash on difficult day four for the champion

Froome clashed wheels with another rider and suffered a grazed left hip as a result, but was able to continue

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 155 km third stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 201 km second stage of the 101th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6, 2014 between York and Sheffield

Tour de France 2014:Vincenzo Nibali goes on attack to prove it’s not just Chris Froome v Alberto Contador

Champion of Italy takes race lead but it’s a good day for Brailsford and Sky

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