Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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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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Tour de France 2014: Yorkshire’s hills and dales will test the best

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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

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

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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.

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