In his commentary on Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de Suisse Barry Ryan provides an excellent example of what sports writing can and should be. He gives a sharp analysis of the stage's action along with its implications for the outcome of the race as a whole, and this in a style displaying not only a vocabulary of more than 1200 words, but also his alacrity in combining those words. He may nudge the border of what used to be called "fine writing" (not meant as a compliment!) or "floweryness," but he doesn't cross it. More of the same, please!