Procycling - - Stefan Küng -

The proud holder of Liecht­en­stein cit­i­zen­ship thanks to his grand­mother, who was born there, Ste­fan Küng is a big deal in a small coun­try. “I’m one of theirs,” he says. “If I do well, then in the me­dia there then they talk about ‘dou­ble ci­ti­zen Ste­fan Küng.’” Swiss irst and fore­most, Küng has twice won sil­ver­ware for his sec­ond claim coun­try – which has just 35,000 cit­i­zens — at the Games of the Small States of Europe, a bi­en­nial (and non-UCI) com­pe­ti­tion for ath­letes from Europe’s smallest nine states. Now ar­guably their most suc­cess­ful rider, Küng is proud of his her­itage. He fan­ta­sises about swap­ping na­tion­al­i­ties and wear­ing the Liecht­en­steiner na­tional cham­pion’s jersey for the rest of his ca­reer, and he’s only half jok­ing. “It’s like one big vil­lage; ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one,” he con­tin­ues. “When I go rid­ing with my friends there you hear all th­ese ru­mours! And we’re proud of our coun­try, like we Swiss are too. I’m pretty proud!”

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