Silence-Lotto would like to "throw one of the biggest cycling parties Flanders has ever seen."

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16.02.2008/ On Monday Belgian Pro - Tour team Silence - Lotto prestented their 2008 roster. Silence - Lotto wants to win one of  three big races: Tour de France, Tour of Flanders or Paris - Roubaix: "If we win, the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, or the Tour de France, we will throw one of the biggest cycling parties Flanders has ever seen."

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Title sponsors Silence and Lotto announced that they renewed their contract with the team with three more years. After  Davitamon and Predictor, Silence is the third brand of head sponsor Omega Pharma that will be promoted by the cycling team.

Asked about the influence of the problems in cycling, Marc Couke, CEO of Belgian Pharmacy giant Omega Pharma said : "We invest about three million euros a year, we get back 13 million euros, so we have a good return of investment." Omega Pharma and Lotto created a project with the Pro - Tour team as the main player but the two companies also finance several U23 and Junior teams.  

Last year the team was close to three big wins. Cadel Evas was second in the Tour de France, while Leif Hoste was close to win the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. The team has one main goal this year: to win one of these three races. Couke said: "Every year we say that we are capable of winning a really big race. But until now it we have been unable to deliver." Cooke continued by saying: "This year we are going for it, in the cobblestones classics and the tour. And I promise you that if we win, the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, or the Tour de France, we will throw one of the biggest cycling parties Flanders has ever seen." Couke smiled and concluded: "Well maybe a party where you have been waiting for... for such a long time will only get better and better."

The team signed Ukrainian rider Yaroslav Popovych to help Cadel Evans in the Tour de France but Joseph Juffre and US rider Chris Horner left the team. Cadel Evans told Cyclingheroes that "nobody knows why Horners contract wasn't renewed." But Evans is looking forward to work together with Popovych.

The Tour team will be build around Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen will have to sprint alone. McEwen told Cyclingheroes that he will work for Evans at the mountain stages and that he will sprint alone. "Its all about getting the wheel of Pettacchi," McEwen said. The Australian sprinter will also focus on the Italian Classic Milano - San Remo.

Leif Hoste said that he should have "won last years Tour of Flanders." Hoste said he made a tactical mistake.

Cyclingheroes wll publish interviews with Yaroslav Popovych, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans in the coming days.

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Roster Silence - Lotto 2008

Mario Aerts

Volodymyr Bileka

Christophe Brandt

Dario David Cioni

Dominique Cornu

Glenn D Hollander

Francis De Greef

Wim De Vocht

Dries Devenyns

Bart Dockx

Cadel Evans

Gorik Gardeyn

Nick Gates

Leif Hoste

Pieter Jacobs

Olivier Kaisen

Matthew Lloyd

Robbie McEwen

Yaroslav Popovych

Jurgen Roelandts

Bert Roesems

Roy Sentjens

Geert Steurs

Maarten Tjallingii

Greg Van Avermaet

Jurgen Van den Broeck

Wim Van Huffel

Wim Vansevenant

Johan Vansummeren

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