The Australian points to the increased infrastructure on European roads as a reason why there are so many crashes.
After five seasons in the peloton, the Australia-based team has become a GC threat in grand tours and other stage races.
Australia's Simon Gerrans is forced to quit the Tour de France on Thursday after breaking his collarbone in a crash.
Mining services company Orica announced it will back the team through 2017 before ending its relationship with the Australian squad.
A few riders could upset favorite Alejandro Valverde in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but the weather could really throw a wrench into the mix.
Simon Gerrans endured a 2015 season filled with crashes and injuries, but he hopes his Tour Down Under win is a sign of things to come.
Andrew Hood's takeaways from this year's Tour Down Under
Gallery: Tour Down Under Stage 6
Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory in Adelaide, with Simon Gerrans holding the lead
Richie Porte (BMC) kicked away from the field on Willunga as Gerrans fought to retain his overall lead by 8 seconds