Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

Samantha Lane

Australian cycling waits on further drugs fall-out


Samantha Lane Twenty-eight Australian cyclists are working their way through the Tour Down Under this week.


Wiggins calls Armstrong a 'lying bastard'


Samantha Lane British cycling champion Bradley Wiggins does not believe Lance Armstrong rode clean in the 2009 Tour de France – a counter claim to the American’s insistence he never doped after 2005.


Cycling boss McQuaid steps away from spot on IOC panel

Pat McQuaid.

Samantha Lane Cycling's world governing boss Pat McQuaid has stepped down from an International Olympic Committee role citing time constraints.


Tour defends paying Lance

Tour Down Under director Mike Turtur.

Samantha Lane Tour Down Under's race director rebuffs fresh criticism of taxpayer dollars paid to Lance Armstrong.

Stonewall on Armstrong

Australian Anthony Giacoppo during the 135km first stage of Tour Down Under.

Samantha Lane Amount of Australian taxpayer money paid to Lance Armstrong may yet be disclosed.

Brown denies dope claims

Thomas Dekker

Samantha Lane Fresh allegations of rife doping at professional team Rabobank have been denied.


Brown denies claims Rabobank 'functioned around doping'

Graeme Brown

Samantha Lane FRESH allegations of rife doping at professional team Rabobank have been denied by Australia's dual Olympic champion, Graeme Brown, who is entering his eighth season with the rebadged outfit.

SA may come clean on Lance cash

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Samantha Lane, Adelaide The amount of Australian taxpayer money paid to Lance Armstrong may yet be disclosed by a South Australian government under renewed pressure to declare how it lured the now-disgraced cyclist to Tour...

State, tour 'backed a loser'

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong made millions by racing in South Australia's Tour Down Under.

Samantha Lane Anti-doping expert says Tour Down Under "prostituted itself" by paying Lance Armstrong.

Could be a case of karma for tour

Basking in reflected glory but silent about the cost now: Mike Rann (right) with Lance Armstrong in 2009.

Samantha Lane We're still not getting a straight answer about how much South Australia paid Lance Armstrong.


Ashenden slams Tour for luring liar

Future of Cycling

Samantha Lane MICHAEL ASHENDEN, an anti-doping expert and former employee of cycling's world governing body, says the Tour Down Under "prostituted itself" by paying Lance Armstrong millions of dollars to race in...


Armstrong still lying, says former teammate

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Samantha Lane TYLER HAMILTON, the retired cyclist who exposed Lance Armstrong as a doper in 2011, says his former teammate is still lying about testing positive at a race in 2001 and claims the Union Cycliste...

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Ex-teammate says cover-up denial a lie

Two dopes: Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton in 2000.

Samantha Lane Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong is still lying about testing positive at a race in 2001.

An opportunity to share the road if not the limelight

Podium pucker: Cadel Evans gets congratulations in Europe.

Samantha Lane Surely the elite riders should be racing in Adelaide rather than training in Canberra?

Great deceit's unanswered questions

(FILES) June 8, 2003 file photo shows US cyclist Lance Armstrong speaking to the press in Villars-de-Lans, before the start of the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere cycling event.  Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong, shorn of cycling's greatest prizes and expelled from sport, wants to compete again and doesn't believe he deserved the

Samantha Lane One of the greatest ironies about Lance Armstrong's talk-fest is that it has morphed into a discussion about what he did not say.

Armstrong tell-all light on details

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Samantha Lane The self-confessed liar, bully and narcissist accepted he should be punished for doping throughout his seven Tour de France victories, but not as harshly as he has been.

A perfect story but it wasn't true

Lance Armstrong has started to reveal the extent of his  cheating.

Samantha Lane It took one minute and 45 seconds for Lance Armstrong to renounce lies he maintained for decades.

Cycling great slams drug cheats

Great Britain's Nicole Cooke

Samantha Lane In a caustic retirement speech, one of Britain's greatest cyclists has attacked drug cheats Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, and detailed how resisting invitations to dope actually cost her money.

Cycling body to act on drugs review

Matt White races for US Postal in 2003.

Samantha Lane Cycling Australia will establish an ethics and integrity panel and insist that top cyclists, coaches and administrators sign declarations as a condition of carrying out national duties, after a...


Gerrans to lead team

Simon Gerrans.

Samantha Lane Orica-GreenEDGE apparently less concerned about winning Tour Down Under this year.