Marcel Kittel opened his account for the 2014 season by sprinting to victory at the People's Choice Classic in Adelaide.
The 25-year-old German beat compatriot Andre Greipel into second place and Australian prodigy Caleb Ewan into third following 50km of evening racing around the city centre.
The race acts as a warm-up for the Santos Tour Down Under, which starts on Tuesday.
Kittel said afterwards: "I'm really impressed by the boys, they did a great job. We immediately had a good feeling for the track and the lead-out in the end. It was a great start to the new season.
"It is always a bit of a waiting game. You need that bit of luck to be in the perfect position at the right moment. I think we did great work and in the end it worked out that I was in the perfect position to do my sprint."
With only a short distance to negotiate, the race was fast and frantic from the starting flag, with Lotto-Belisol setting out their stall by marshalling the early part of the 25-lap race.
The momentum was halted at the end of lap six, however, as a mass crash took down a number of riders, including Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), who had to leave the race in an ambulance. It was later confirmed that the Italian suffered a broken tibia in his right leg and will undergo surgery.
By that time a four-man group had established itself, with Axel Domont (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp), Luca Wackermann (Lampre-Merida) and Anthony Roux (FDJ) combining well.
Greipel's Lotto-Belisol team helped haul them back and then took to the front of the peloton in the closing stages, only for Giant-Shimano to deliver Kittel in perfect position to claim victory.
People's Choice Classic result
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Shimano, 1:04:34
2 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol, same time
3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Uni-SA, st
4 Christ Sutton (Aus) Team Sky, st
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar, st
6 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
8 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac, st
9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale, st
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol, st