Andre Greipel won the opening stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under over Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan on Tuesday in Lyndoch.
Belgian Borg Lambrecht, 20, will miss what would have been his first professional race because of the snafu.
Richie Porte is the defending champion at the Santos Tour Down Under and he will face stiff competition this week from his fellow Aussies.
Neo-pro Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) will make his WorldTour debut at the Tour Down Under just days after emergency appendicitis surgery.
World Champion Peter Sagan was victorious in the People's Choice Classic on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia over Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan.
Peter Sagan will not defend his Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne title in 2018 in order to spend more time with his son before the season fully ramps
Three-time World Champion Peter Sagan headlines the stars in attendance at the opening 2018 WorldTour race, the Tour Down Under.
From summertime weather to relatively easy racing, the Tour Down Under has become a favorite for many pros starting their season.
Total dominance from the Australians as Caleb Ewan sprints to fourth stage win and Richie Porte claims overall victory.
Australia's Richie Porte won his first Tour Down Under Sunday.