0959: World champion Mark Cavendish is aiming to become the first British man to win the Olympic road race gold. He is Britain's most successful road racer of all time and fourth in the all-time Tour de France stage winners' list with 23, 11 behind Belgian legend Eddie Merckx. He's also a two-time track cycling world gold mediallist too. And he's among the spikier, fiery personalities in British sport.
1023: The beautiful Aquatic Centre, the venue for swimming and diving, will see its first glimpse of this summer's "Duel in the Pool" as 14-time Olympic champion medallist Michael Phelps attempts to add another seven golds to his heavy-duty metalware collection. Standing in his way is compatriot and good friend Ryan Lochte.
1038: Phelps is clearly keeping a little petrol in the can for this evening's final (at 1930 London time) as he wins his heat in 4:13.33 just ahead of Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, over 10 seconds out from his world record. Two other swimmers have gone faster but the defending champion looks safe to take his place on the blocks this evening.
1122: We're minutes away from learning the winner of the first Olympic medal of the 30th Olympic Games in the women's 10m air rifle final. It's quite literally a Chinese shootout at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich...
1128: Not for the first time over the next two weeks, China win gold as world number one 10m air rifle shooter Siling Yi scores 502.9 to take top spot on the podium. The Chinese flags wave proudly at the Royal Artillery Barracks, they'll be doing that a lot this summer. Poland's Sylwia Bogacka takes silver while another Chinese shooter, Yu Dan claims bronze.
1133: Meanwhile, over at the Olympic Park...
1150: A huge roar erupts around the Aquatic Centre as Scot Hannah Miley, the world 400m individual medley silver medallist last year in Shanghai, touches ahead of Australia's defending champion Stephanie Rice with 4:34.98. Meanwhile, world champion Beisel from the USA absolutely obliterates her opponents to qualify fastest for this evening's final (at 2011 London time) with 4:31.68. Another contest to savior.
1154: We'll bring you news about the crash when it filters through to us. So far not so good for the hosts, who have what 23-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish describes as the "dream team". About 80km into the race and there's a breakaway group about five-and-a-half minutes ahead of the peloton, where GB's cyclists are nestled.
1208: The stunning aerial pictures from above the leafy landscape of the Surrey countryside are further enhanced by huge swathes of red, white and blue with thousands of spectators wave Union Jacks in a myriad of sizes. The 145 road race riders have reached Box Hill, a 10-mile circuit which they will navigate nine laps.
1214: While road cycling may seem to be an individual pursuit, it's one of the most rigid and team-focussed sports in the Olympics. Each team nominates a main rider - the man most likely to be the strongest and fastest finisher - and protect him by riding just in front of him, using their slipstream to conserve energy for the frenetic final 1000m when all the sprinters will be unleashed in a cannabalistic dash for the finishing line. We're expecting precisely that at 1600 London time.
1245: You're not the only one Drew, forget the second-screen experience, you'll need at least 10 to get your head around what's going on right now. Currently we have: archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, road cycling, equestrian, fencing, football (deep breath), gymnastics, judo, handball, shooting, table tennis and volleyball. And relaaaax...
1253: We're about half-way through the men's 250km cycling road race where six riders have retired following a crash in the peloton - the French name for the bunched cyclists riding in a group - on Box Hill. In the best traditions of the Tour de France, a stray dog almost derailed a number of riders when it dashed across the course at an inopportune moment. But like all good endings, no riders or animals were harmed.
From CNN's Callum Tennent: Fantastic scenes from the men’s artistic gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena. After completing four out of the five circuits, Team GB held a shock lead over China. In a cruel, nail-biting finale, Great Britain’s Louis Smith stepped up to his weapon of choice, the pommel horse, just after China’s Chen Yibing took to the rings. Following a conservative-yet-well-executed routine from team-mate Kristian Thomas, Smith didn’t disappoint with a magnificent 15.98. The result -- Team GB qualify in first place ahead of the overwhelming favorites with an overall score of 272.240. Smith is reduced to tears as the home crowd erupts around him.
1319: Interesting theory Rod, swimming's own rope-a-dope tactics. However, Phelps finds himself in the unfamiliar position of lane eight while Ryan Lochte is in the relative comfort of lane three for the 400m individual medley final. The positioning is so crucial for swimmers as waves from the middle lanes can disrupt those on the outside. Japan's Kosuke Hagino is the fastest qualifier.