Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Geraint Thomas has crashed in the last three stages but claims that is fairly normal

Tour de France 2014: Sky’s Geraint Thomas dismisses talk of treacherous Tour

Rider claims crashes are just more high-profile and backs ‘aggressive’ Porte to keep challenging race leader Nibali

Alberto Contador suffers a crash on stage 10 of the 2014 Tour de France
Riders taking part in the Sarajevo Grand Prix

Sarajevo Grand Prix 2014: It might be a hackneyed cliche but this race can help rebuild the war-torn city

Slovenian rider Matej Marin eventually won the race in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Germany’s Tony Martin, claimed yesterday’s stage

Tour de France 2014: Tony Gallopin delivers French fireworks as Tony Martin goes solo

Nibali relinquishes yellow jersey to save energy for today’s mountain stage

Blel Kadri celebrates winning stage eight of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Frenchman Blel Kadri wins stage eight after impressive breakaway - but Alberto Contador steals the show

Spaniard jumps 10 places to sixth behind Vincenzo Nibali as Sky’s Porte climbs to third

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

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