The two-time Tour de France champion wanted to start his season on a more low-key note at the lower-tier race in Victoria.
Chris Froome confirms he will race Australia's Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February.
Kiwi takes top spot in opener at Australian stage race
The Australian could become the fourth three-time winner in the race's 61-year history come February
Calvin Watson becomes the youngest-ever overall winner at the Herald Sun Tour
Stage results 1. Luke Davison, Sas in 03:46:50 2. Wil Walker, Dpc in 03:46:54 3. Oliver Kent Spark, Ttr 4. Simon Yates, Gbr in
Young track rider takes a breakaway win and almost takes the overall lead in Australia
Stage 1 results 1. Aaron Donnelly, Gen in 04:04:36 2. Calvin Watson, Vis in 04:04:36 3. Josh Atkins, Nzl in 04:04:36 4. Bradley
Youngster overcomes three years of struggle to win in the heat in Bendigo, Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (VN) — If there was one rider who could vouch for having an up and down year — with far more downs than ups —