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.

Rachel Neylan wins first Cadel Evans race

Samantha Lane Rachel Neylan said it herself after finally finishing a race as winner: there has been nothing conventional about her professional cycling career.

Elite field makes Cadel Evans road race worthy of world tour status

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Samantha Lane Even before its inaugural edition, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been described as worthy of World Tour status; the highest international classification for a cycling event.

Russian walking cheats prompt Australian call for serious action

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Samantha Lane Athletics Australia is pushing for Russia to lose hosting rights for two major events in light of multiple doping suspensions that could see Jared Tallent win an Olympic gold medal retrospectively.

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Jared Tallent furious doping Russians get to keep Olympic gold

Jared Tallent.

Samantha Lane Champion Australian walker Jared Tallent has called for a blanket ban to be imposed on all Russian athletic team members in light of a slew of doping suspensions that contentiously have left London...

Several sports yet to meet stricter anti-doping requirements

The sports had three months to comply with stricter anti-doping regulations.

Samantha Lane The Australian Olympic Committee has highlighted five national sports federations – hockey, handball, wrestling, synchronised swimming and taekwondo – that are yet to meet stricter World...

High5 Dream Team a boost for Australian women's cycling

Kimberley Wells - shown here winning the women's criterium at the Australian road cycling championships earlier this week - is a member of Australia's newest women's cycling team.

Samantha Lane Concerned by the ramifications of Cycling Australia’s contentious cut of a women’s road development program, retired Commonwealth Games champion Rochelle Gilmore has launched an...

Major sponsor hits out at cuts to women's cycling program


Samantha Lane Australian cycling’s most influential benefactor, team owner Gerry Ryan, says Cycling Australia’s decision to cut a women’s road development should be reversed and will take his...

Caleb Ewan misses sweep, but still wins series

Samantha Lane Australian cycling’s boy wonder, Caleb Ewan, did not achieve the clean sweep of the 26th Bay Cycling Classic that would have completed a fairytale start to the first season he has commenced as...

Chloe Hosking claims first Bay Cycling Classic title

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Samantha Lane Chloe Hosking claimed her first Bay Cycling Classic title after a heated protest on the final day of racing ultimately saw a pair of feisty combatants shake hands and the stage four results stand.

Women criticise program cuts

Samantha Lane Cycling Australia’s decision to cut a female road development program has been labelled by riders as a major setback for women, and has also concerned the sport’s top sponsor and former...

Budget cuts to women’s training in Europe a concern

Samantha Lane Cycling Australia has defended its decision to “suspend” a development program in Europe for aspiring female road professionals as part of wide-scale budgetary cuts forced by its dire...

Caleb Ewan shines in Bay Classic

In fine form: Caleb Ewan.

Samantha Lane Faultless in the first race of the first season he has commenced as a fully fledged professional, Caleb Ewan, 20, has underlined why Australia’s Orica-GreenEDGE was so intent on securing him.

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James Hird's Federal Court appeal casts further doubt on ASADA Essendon proceedings


Samantha Lane James Hird's solo move to appeal his unfavourable Federal Court finding has cast further uncertainty on the proceedings against 34 current and retired AFL players who stand accused of banned drug use.

No news is Adam Goodes' news

Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes walk off in shock after the game.

Samantha Lane More concerned about Sydney's grand final capitulation than discussing his own football future, dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes has delayed a much-anticipated announcement.

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Stressed coaches reveal toll

Bemusing: why do the rules exclude John Worsfold from the AFL Hall of Fame?

Samantha Lane The AFL's senior coaching fraternity has lifted the lid on the extreme stresses of the job.

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Former ASADA boss Aurora Andruska vindicated

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Samantha Lane Portrayed only weeks ago as a bumbling, unconvincing witness responsible for bungling the biggest doping investigation in the history of Australian sport, Aurora Andruska was glowingly praised in the...

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James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Samantha Lane If successful in Federal Court, James Hird will weigh up suing the AFL, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, in a high stakes decision that would be informed by any fallout reviews of the...

Carlton on hunt for new list manager

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Samantha Lane After an inflammatory, and ultimately failed, mid-season attempt to poach Hawthorn’s recruiting boss with a multimillion dollar offer, Carlton now has a list of candidates from rival clubs...

John Fahey backs Australia on drug research hesitation

John Fahey says education should be the priority in the fight against doping.

Samantha Lane The World Anti-Doping Agency’s former boss, John Fahey, says it is understandable governments are hesitating to fund a proposed new $US20 million research initiative to improve drug detection...

WADA waits on Australia for anti-doping research

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Samantha Lane With its reputation in sports anti-doping never under more scrutiny, Australia is yet to decide whether it will the World Anti-Doping Agency's call to contribute to a new global research fund to...