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De Rooy steps down from Rabobank

Theo De Rooy said Rasmussen's inclusion in the Tour squad

Theo De Rooy said Rasmussen's inclusion in the Tour squad (Image credit: Makoto Ayano)

Rabobank's general director Theo de Rooy has decided, in consultation with the squad, to step down. A team statement said, "After the disappointments of the most recent Tour de France, De Rooy wishes to have the time and rest to consider the future. Rabobank understands and respects this decision."

De Rooy joined Rabobank's cycling organization when it was created in October 1995. Nine years later, he exchanged his role as a team leader in the professional team for a position as general director.

Under De Rooy for 12 years, the team won six world championship titles, 81 national championships, 10 World Cup Classics and 27 stages in the three Grand Tours.

"This farewell is hard, really hard. The team - it is all the world to me. But I did not see another choice," said de Rooy.

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