Theo de Rooij has quit as the general director of the Rabobank cycling team after a dramatic Tour de France saw them sack Michael Rasmussen.
Rabobank won six world titles under De Rooij
Rasmussen was leading the Tour when the Dutch team fired him for lying about his whereabouts amid revelations he missed several drugs tests.
De Rooij felt he had to stand down in the wake of the drama, saying: "I did not see another choice.
"This farewell is hard, really hard. The team is all the world to me."
De Rooij was involved in the team from its inception in 1995 and moved up from team leader to director in 2004.
Current team boss Erik Breukink said: "When Theo called me it surprised me. I didn't expect him to make such a quick decision."
The Rabobank team completed the Tour despite the absence of their lead rider.