The two Belgian ProTour teams will be looking to impress in their home race of Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. Silence-Lotto is still without a win this season, while Quick Step has provided winners for the last two editions.
"There is a lot of pressure. Everyone realises that and it doesn't make things easier," said Silence-Lotto Sports Manager Marc Sergeant. "We want to score as soon as possible, but you can't order a victory."
He added that the team would count on its strong line-up in the upcoming Flemish Classics. The line-up for Dwars door Vlaanderen includes Leif Hoste, Greg Van Avermaet and Belgian champion Jürgen Roelandts.
Quick Step has the winners of the last two editions of the race in its line-up. In 2008, Sylvain Chavanel won for Cofidis and Tom Boonen won in 2007.
"We can count on those two, but don't forget Stijn Devolder," said Sport Director Wilfried Peters.
Silence-Lotto: Greg Van Avermaet, Jürgen Roelandts, Wilfried Cretskens, Leif Hoste, Staf Scheirlinckx, Roy Sentjens, Jonas Ljungblad and Sebastian Lang.
Quick Step: Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder, Kevin Hulsmans, Jurgen Van de Walle, Kevin Van Impe, Wouter Weylandt, Kevin De Weert and Sylvain Chavanel. (SW)