Summer News

Stage winner Simon Gerrans of Australia and team Credit Agricole celebrates his win during stage 15 of the 2008 Tour de France from Embrun to Prato Nevoso on July 20, 2008 in Prato Nevoso, Italy.

Pre-race favouritism has become almost a curse for the cream of Australian cycling in the national men's road race.A solid pre-season and strong form at this week's Jayco Bay Classic criterium series make Simon Gerrans one of the riders to watch

Rio de Janeiro unveiled its 2016 Olympics logo before more than one million New Year's revellers on Copacabana beach on Friday, just before midnight. The flowing symbol resembles three figures - orange, green and blue - embraced at the arms and in a flowing dance.

Delegates from the Rio 2016 Olympic bid celebrate when they are short-listed in 2008. They are up against Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid for the October vote.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has praised Rio de Janeiro's preparations for hosting the 2016 Games. Visiting the Brazilian city on Wednesday to help lay the cornerstone for the future Olympic Village, the head of the International Olympic Committee says he's proud of what has been accomplished so far.

Shayne Bannan.

Cycling Australia today announced the resignation of Shayne Bannan from his role at the helm of the sport's High Performance Programs. Bannan, 48, has been involved as a coach and administrator for the sport in Australia for almost a quarter of a century. He began his coaching career in 1986 at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport before moving into the national program in 1987. For the past decade he has filled the dual roles of Cycling Australia National Performance Director and the Australian Institute of Sport's Head Cycling Coach.

Luke Roberts of Australia in action during qualification for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Manchester Velodrome on March 26, 2008 in Manchester, England.

South Australian Olympic gold medallist Luke Roberts will ride for the Australian national team, UniSA-Australia, at next month's Santos Tour Down Under. Roberts, who achieved Olympic glory at the Athens Olympics in 2004 with a track gold medal in the team pursuit, also won the third stage in the Tour of Murcia this year.

A London bus getting the city behind the 2012 Olympic Games.

Two million people have registered an interest for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games, despite the prices being higher than initially promised, the head of the organising committee said Saturday. Paul Deighton expects a further 500,000 to sign up for information updates by the time the 6.6 million tickets for the public go on sale in March.

Ryan Lochte of USA competes in the 100m individual medley at the 10th FINA World Shortcourse Championships in Dubai, 2010.

Sanity returned to international swimming in 2010. And if that made for fewer fireworks, there was plenty of spark to be found in the pool from the likes of emerging American star Ryan Lochte and a resurgent China.

The empty snow-covered London 2012 Olympic Stadium after an official switching on ceremony on December 20, 2010 in Stratford, London, England.

The floodlights were switched on for the first time in the snow-covered 2012 London Olympics stadium on Monday -- although the bulbs on the triangular pylons took time to warm up in the freezing weather.

Leisel Jones of Austrailia swims in a preliminary heat of the 100m breaststroke during the XLII Santa Clara International Invitational Swim Meet at the Santa Clara Swim Club June 13, 2009 in Santa Clara, California.

Olympic champion Leisel Jones has won Australia’s sixth silver medal and eighth overall on night four of competition at the 2010 FINA World Championships in Dubai. For the second time this year, Jones raced the USA’s Rebecca Soni in a major 100m breaststroke final, and for the second time in 2010 the 25-year-old champion had to settle for silver.

Felicity Galvez of Australia wins the final of the Women's 100m Butterfly during the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai.

Dubai is known for its gold, and when it comes to short course swimming so too is Felicity Galvez. A dual gold medal winner at the 2008 World Short Course championships, Galvez had to wait until the final night of competition for her first, and Australia’s first gold medal, at this year’s 2010 FINA World Short Course Championships in Dubai.