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

Nick Green 'chatted to' over AFL's top job

Samantha Lane New Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green has confirmed he was “chatted to” by headhunters about the AFL’s chief executive post but, similar to the interview he attended for a vacancy at...

Cycling Australia's uphill battle to get back on track

Cycling Australia’s challenge is to co-ordinate a multi-disciplined and historically fragmented sport.

Samantha Lane It was meant to be Cycling Australia’s path to the promise land, but a high-risk, high-reward strategy known internally as the ‘JV’ instead took one of Australia’s top sports...

Jessica Fox, Kurt Fearnley among big winners at AIS awards night

Kurt Fearnley, Australia's Sport Personality of the Year.

Samantha Lane Dual world champion canoeist Jessica Fox and five-time New York marathon winner Kurt Fearnley have claimed the major prizes at the inaugural AIS Sport Performance Awards.

Rohan Dennis breaks cycling's world hour record

Rohan Dennis celebrates setting a new world hour record on Sunday.

Samantha Lane Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis breaks world hour record on the track, setting a new benchmark of 52.491 kilometres.

Meyer wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour

On top of the world: Cameron Meyer emerges victorious at Arthurs Sear.

Samantha Lane, Arthurs Seat Just the third man to win the Tour Down Under-Jayco Herald Sun Tour double, Cameron Meyer might have got a rockstar ride into Arthurs Seat, but had to work harder than he expected once he got there.

Cycling - Jayco Herald Sun Tour final results panel

On top of the world: Cameron Meyer emerges victorious at Arthurs Seat.

Samantha Lane, Arthurs Seat Jayco Herald Sun Tour, final results, 62nd edition of Australia's oldest cycling stage race.

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Orica-GreenEDGE on cusp of perfection

Car call: Simon Clarke makes a visit to the doctor during stage three of the tour.

Samantha Lane, Nagambie Three victories in three days has Orica-GreenEDGE on the cusp of a near-flawless week of racing with its awe-inspiring neo-pro Caleb Ewan in devastating form and Cameron Meyer poised to claim his...

Caleb Ewan claims stage two to make it a pair on the trot for Orica-GreenEDGE

Man of the moment: Caleb Ewan celebrates after winning Friday's stage.

Samantha Lane Rebounding royally from a lean summer, Orica-GreenEDGE has claimed two victories in two days with Caleb Ewan notching his maiden UCI stage win in the first season he has started as a professional.

Cameron Meyer takes tour lead in Victoria

Cameron Meyer.

Samantha Lane Australian cyclist Cameron Meyer has staked a big claim to win his second domestic tour.

Will Clarke wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue

Will Clarke: winner of the 2015 Herald Sun Tour prologue.

Samantha Lane Will Clarke will wear the leader’s yellow jersey after winning the opening-stage prologue.

Orica-GreenEDGE hungry for a win in Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Cycling generic.

Samantha Lane It hasn’t got Cadel Evans as dream participant or promoter. It hasn’t got a roll call of World Tour teams on the start list.

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Herald Sun Tour: preview

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Samantha Lane Details of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, which is being held at various locations around Victoria until Sunday.

Cadel Evans takes a final bow

Last lap: Cadel Evans (right) tackles one of the last climbs of his pro career in Geelong on Sunday.

Samantha Lane Cadel Evans bowed out of professional racing instinctively frustrated with a fifth placing but ultimately satisfied with the first edition of a one-day event named in his honour that was won by...

No rest for Cadel Evans after staging his own successful road race

Cadel Evans rides in the peloton during the race.

Samantha Lane After pedaling the last metres in his final professional race, Cadel Evans’ plan was to spend all of about 17 hours off his bike.

Cyclist Jack Bobridge in agony after 'brutal' record attempt

Samantha Lane Pushing himself until he felt like the living dead, Australian track cycling star Jack Bobridge has fallen short of breaking the world hour record.

Rachel Neylan wins first Cadel Evans race

Delighted: Rachel Neylan enjoys the elation of winning the first Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road 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

Cadel Evans

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

Jared Tallent.

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.

Samantha Lane, Olympics Reporter

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...