Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Winner Alberto Contador (centre), Chris Froome (right) and Alejandro Valverde on the podium in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday night

Vuelta a Espana: 'I gave it everything,' says Chris Froome after being edged out by Alberto Contador in Spain

A crash may have wrecked his Tour de France this year, but Chris Froome bounced back for a morale-boosting fourth Grand Tour podium of his career on Sunday, finishing second overall in the Vuelta a Espana to Alberto Contador.

Chris Froome (right) is pipped for the stage win by Italy’s Fabio Aru at the top of Monte Castrove yesterday

Tour of Spain: Froome moves up to second and closes gap on Contador

A searing attack by Sky’s Chris Froome on yesterday’s stage of the Tour of Spain moved the Briton into second place overall and allowed him to close the gap on race leader Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo.

Froome finally gained seven seconds on Contador

Vuelta a España 2014: Chris Froome on the charge

Britain's Chris Froome clawed his way back into contention in the Vuelta a España yesterday after he dropped overall leader Alberto Contador on one of the race's toughest climbs, the Camperona.

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Tour of Britain 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins bids to defend title as Mark Cavendish returns to British roads against rival Marcel Kittel

Cavendish crashed out of the Tour de France the last time he competed on British soil

Chris Froome crosses the finish line

Vuelta a España 2014: Chris Froome vows to hit back after time-trial setback

The Team Sky rider lost 53 seconds to race leader and home favourite Alberto Contador

British cyclist Christopher Froome of SKY and Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde of Movistar at the Tour of Spain

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome’s bad luck strikes again with sixth crash of year

After crashing three times in the Tour de France and being forced to abandon as a result of his injuries, Britain’s Chris Froome might have had reason to hope that his run of accidents had finally ended. But on Friday as Froome fell heavily at the Vuelta a Espana, he was proved wrong.

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Postcard from... Sanlúcar de Barrameda

With a record total of 7.8 million foreign tourists in Spain this July, Andalusia’s Sanlúcar de Barrameda is surely one of the country’s last coastal towns where overseas visitors remain a minority.

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Chris Froome back in the saddle but quick to play down his chances

Briton’s post-crash fitness will be put to test on his return to action in Spain’s Grand Tour

Postcard from... Galicia

Shortly after midnight, a hooded, cloaked figure scurried across the garden of a rural hotel in Galicia, chanting as she joined a group around a cauldron where blue flames flickered.

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Tour de France 2014: Marcel Kittel wins final stage on Champs-Elysees as Vincenzo Nibali is confirmed as champion

Nibali becomes the first Italian to win the Tour since 1998

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