Kooij sprinted ahead of Germany’s Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) and Belgium’s Jordi Meeus (Boha), allowing him to take control of the general classification at the Tour of Poland, whose arrival will be judged on Friday at the end of Stage 7.
The event in Poland went well for Kooij, who finished 2nd in a stage of the 2021 edition.
From the first kilometer, a breakaway of five competitors formed, which counted up to six minutes ahead of the peloton.
The last breakaway, Poland’s Kamil Malecki (Lotto-Soudal), was caught by the peloton eight kilometers from the finish, leaving the sprinters to explain themselves for the stage win.
Exercise specialists Britain’s Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step) and France’s Arnaud Demaret (Groupama FDJ) crossed the line in 8th and 9th positions respectively.
A crash involved several riders in the middle of the peloton one kilometer from the finish.
Sunday’s second stage between Chelm and Zamosc (205.6 km) also looks promising for the sprinters.