Cycling

Sergent wins stage in Austria

Jesse Sergent

Jesse Sergent has won the fifth stage in the Tour of Austria, sealing his first ever road stage win as a pro.

Sky's the limit for Aussie rider

Richie Porte

Australian Richie Porte was promoted from 'spare wheel' to Team Sky's new leader after defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France this morning.

Dawkins ready for Rio Games

'It's four years more experience'

Dawkins

NATHAN BURDON - The Southland Times

Eddie Dawkins was the first Southland Olympian to arrive home yesterday and his focus is already on Rio 2016.

Van Velthooven charging for Rio

Simon van Velthooven

After "bringing home the bacon", Olympic cycling bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven is already eyeing greater feats.

Glamour girl is 'BMX royalty'

Sarah Walker

MARC HINTON IN LONDON - Waikato

As Sarah Walker circumnavigates the Olympic BMX arena at the end of a momentous day of finals action, the 24-year-old pride of Kawerau stops for a succession of pictures with admirers and well-wishers.

Rewards await Walker

Sarah Walker

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Wellington

Sarah Walker barely had time to celebrate her silver medal success as she conducted interview after interview outside the Olympic athletes' village, all with the polish of a seasoned campaigner.

Walker comes of age with silver

Sarah Walker

It took a lot for a kid from a small town to "dream big", but even more to conquer the demons from a bad crash and dislocated shoulder.

Beijing video inspires Silver Sarah

Sarah Walker

All Sarah Walker ever wanted to do was please her mum and dad. Now the 24-year-old from Kawerau has an Olympic silver medal to show for it.

Walker conquers her fear

Sarah Walker

MARK GEENTY - Fairfax Media

A serious spill almost broke her spirit, but NZ silver medallist Sarah Walker fought back.

Hanlen finishes 18th

Karen Hanlen

Despite a stomach upset and her first puncture at a major event, Karen Hanlen still managed 18th in the women's mountainbiking.

'Proud' as Walker snares silver

Sarah Walker

As Sarah Walker's parents made a bee-line for Kiwi House, all they could think of was what their beloved Kawerau would be thinking.

Walker wins Olympic silver

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker conquered her inner demons and climbed the podium to become Silver Sarah.

Kiwi's fast Olympics track

Kiwi mountainbiker Karen Hanlen.

It seems remarkable but NZ's Olympic mountainbike entrant Karen Hanlen only started in the sport in 2010.

Willers in gold contention

Marc Willers

Marc Willers cruises to Olympic men's BMX semifinals while Kiwi team-mate Kurt Pickard crashes.

Gold hopes on sprinters in 2016

Simon van Velthooven

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

BikeNZ sees the sprinters as the budding heavyweights to help turn bronze into gold in four years at Rio de Janeiro.

Blood flows as BMX begins

Sarah Walker

There was blood on the track and sore eardrums in the stands as NZ's BMX riders made solid Olympic starts.

'Rhino' wills his way to medal

Simon van Velthooven

For someone who's always in a hurry, five minutes was an eternity for Simon van Velthooven to wait to be confirmed an Olympic medallist.

Cunning plan worked a treat

Anna Meares

SAMANTHA LANE IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

With her body, and just as much with her mind, Australia's Anna Meares dethroned Britain's queen of cycling in front of the world at London's Olympic velodrome.

NZ invited to Simon's party

Simon van Velthooven

NZ bronze medal winner Simon van Velthooven has issued an open invitation to his overdue 21st bash at the family farm in Manawatu.

Kiwi's body ink reminder

Kiwi BMX star Marc Willers.

The five Olympic rings adorn Marc Willers' left arm amid a flood of body ink, a reminder of his unfinished business from four years ago.

Van Velthooven's dad 'over the moon'

Simon van Velthooven

Simon van Velthooven’s Olympic bronze medal was the result of ‘‘sheer determination’’ says his dad Paul.

Bronze for keirin rider

Simon van Velthooven

Simon van Velthooven powers to New Zealand's second bronze on the London velodrome.

BMX riders in right state of mind

Sarah Walker

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Sarah Walker exudes a calm, almost robotic confidence. Listening to her speak, you could be convinced this is her time, at her second Olympics.

Kiwi holds 11th in omnium

Jo Kiesanowski.

New Zealand cyclist Jo Kiesanowski is 11th at the halfway stage of the women’s omnium at the Olympic velodrome in London today.

Team GB reach 18 gold medals

Jason Kenny

Hosts Great Britain upped their gold medal total to 18 with victories for cyclist Jason Kenny and showjumping team.

Dawkins lacks 'last bit of speed'

Eddie Dawkins

He didn't need to bang his head against a wall this time, but Eddie Dawkins was still looking for answers.

'Rhino' ready to charge

Simon van Velthoven

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

New Zealand's cycling team will unleash their charging rhino into the Olympic velodrome tonight in the final shot at a second medal on the track.

Archbold punctures, finishes seventh

Shane Archbold

Shane Archbold says a poor points race on day one cost him more dearly than his freakish puncture  as he finished seventh in the Olympic omnium.

Velodrome roof spring leak

Cycling velodrome

Officials at the London Velodrome say three minor leaks have been spotted in the roof of the venue in the Olympic Park, but that they won't disrupt events.

Shanks mulls post-Games future

Alison Shanks

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Sweat pouring off her, struggling to breathe and comprehend her pursuit team missing their shot at an Olympic medal, Alison Shanks admitted her cycling future was up in the air.

British cyclist looks to inspire

Joanna Rowsell

World record-breaker Joanna Rowsell embraces the chance to inspire other sufferers of alopecia.

Pursuiters left with bitter taste

Shane Archbold

Watching two rival teams contest the Olympic bronze medal race left the New Zealand women's pursuit team with a bitter taste.

Key riders eye road

Sam Bewley, Marc Ryan, Jesse Sergent and Aaron Gate

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Sunday Star Times

NZ's stirring ride for Olympic team pursuit bronze marked the end of a cycling era.

Meares bombs in Keirin final

Victoria Pendleton

The shock was not so much at the front end of the first Olympic women's keirin final, but at the rear.

Women's pursuit chasing bronze

Women's team pursuit

Alison Shanks' chase for an Olympic medal just got harder after an underwhelming opening ride by the women's pursuit team.

NZ men's pursuit team win bronze

NZ team pursuit

New Zealand's men's pursuit team have repeated their Olympic cycling bronze medal of four years ago.

Women's pursuit miss medals

Women's team pursuit

A New Zealand record time wasn't enough to propel the women's cycling pursuit team into Olympic medal contention.

Tactics key to sprint for Dawkins

Eddie Dawkins

Having raised his hand for a start line blunder which cost his New Zealand sprint team-mates dearly, Eddie Dawkins suddenly felt bulletproof again.

Gold medallist crashed deliberately

Philip Hindes

British Olympic cyclist admits deliberately crashing to earn a restart - later winning him gold.

Split second slip sinks sprinters

Eddie Dawkins

Big track cyclist sprinter Eddie Dawkins shows great heart in accepting responsibility for his team's failure to win a medal ride.

Men's pursuit team third fastest

New Zealand men's pursuit team

NZ's men's cycling pursuit team will face Australia for a place in the gold medal ride after they qualified third fastest.

Four-year wait for Villumsen

Linda Villumsen

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

About the only thing to do when you finish an agonising fourth at an Olympics is shed a tear, or grit your teeth and utter the immortal line “four more years”.

Britain through to team sprint first round

Defending champions Britain avoided an embarrassing exit in the team sprint event before a re-start in the qualifying session earned them the fastest time at the Olympics.

Meares unaware of rivalry

Anna Meares

While Victoria Pendleton's face and body lit up screens and billboards all over London, Anna Meares trained in anonymity.

Bauer thrilled with performance

Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer spent "all of three seconds" on a royal throne at Hampton Court Palace, a final, surreal experience of a satisfying Olympic debut.

Villumsen seconds from bronze

Linda Villumsen

Linda Villumsen missed a medal by 1.83 seconds in the women's time trial, while Jack Bauer finished 19th in the men's. | Bauer proud

Mums and medals do mix

Gold medallist Kristin Armstrong celebrates with her son during the medal ceremony after winning the women's individual time trial road cycling at the London Olympics.

Two women prove that being a mum is no obstacle to getting on the podium.

Sprinters aim to make a bang

New Zealand track cyclists

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

It may be one Olympics too soon but New Zealand's young, bullish sprint team are vowing to start their track campaign with a bang.

Wiggins wins time trial

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has hammered the field to win the Olympic time trial and become Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals.

Villumsen can clock up a medal

Linda Villumsen

Linda Villumsen's New Zealand handlers believe an Olympic cycling time trial medal is well within her grasp tonight.

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