Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Mark Cavendish holds his collarbone in clear pain

Tour de France 2014: Cavendish crashes out to put Tour future in jeopardy

Britain’s top sprinter suffers a painful shoulder injury and will learn on Sunday if his race is over

No Tour de France winner since 2006 has defended their title, a fact Chris Froome wants to fix

Tour de France 2014: Defending crown will be no walk in the park, says Chris Froome

No Tour winner since 2006 has defended their title

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.

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