Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) said he would ride for Chris Froome (right) in this year’s Tour de France, but Team Sky decided otherwise

Alasdair Fotheringham: Sky have taken risk by discarding Tour de France expert Sir Bradley Wiggins

History is split on the wisdom of a team dropping one of their two top riders
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe salutes at the national flag during a military ceremony of the San Hermenegildo Order

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates: Spanish government clears way for Prince Felipe to be crowned before the end of the month

There is media speculation that 18 June – Juan Carlos Saint’s Day and a holiday across much of Spain – could be an appropriate date for the coronation

Castrillo Matajudios: Name-change helps village to forget its links with Spanish persecution

The phrase ‘kill the Jews’ did not correspond to  the way this village thinks or acts these days

Luis Ocana (left) leads the 11th stage of the 1971 Tour de France between Grenoble and Orcières-Merlette

Luis Ocaña: the rider with no limits – and no luck at all

Spaniard who challenged Eddy Merckx died 20 years ago this week. He was one of the most unfortunate athletes in history
In just one corrida, or session, on Tuesday, three bullfighters were gored

Is it finally time for Spain to ban bull fighting?

Three toreros were gored this week in Madrid's Fiesta of San Isidro. So should the country hang up the red capes and move with the times?

Ben Swift was ‘race leader on the road’ during the fifth stage

Giro d'Italia 2014: Ben Swift's bold break runs out of steam but makes some points

Sky rider was 'race leader on the road' before dropping 12 minutes back on the day's final climb
Ben Swift was beaten on the line by Marcel Kittel in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia in Dublin
Team Sky train on the streets of Belfast

Giro d'Italia in the pink as race kicks off in Ireland

Three Irish stages are giving the old Grand Tour classic a healthy complexion
Javier Escarceller, sitting in his niece’s living room in Caseres

A hero of Spanish cinemas: Meet the man who opened 14 small film houses in the remote regions of Catalonia

97-year-old Javier Escarceller fought to open a cinema during Spain’s great recession in 1951. He explains his obsession – and how he is determined to keep it open in equally troubled times

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Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: Spanish capital picks sides for the Champions League final

The team of the Establishment faces the working-class heroes of the Spanish capital in a game which has captivated the city and beyond

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