LONDON -- Dave Brailsford, the man who masterminded Britain's medal haul at the Beijing and London Olympics, has stepped down from his role as performance director of British Cycling.
Brailsford will now focus on his activities at Team Sky, which he led to victory at the Tour de France through Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.
Brailsford says "this is a big step but it is the right decision for the team and for me. Since London 2012, we have worked hard on succession planning and that has meant we've got to a point where I can move on, knowing the team will go from strength to strength."
The 50-year-old Brailsford presided over British cycling's most successful era, with 19 gold medals captured across four Olympic campaigns.