Boonen becomes comic book hero

Tom Boonen's popularity in his home country has been great since even before he won the World Championships in 2005, and now he will be a hero in a comic book as well as on his bike. Boonen will 'star' in the new book called "The Autovirus", which is scheduled to be released on Monday, according to Belga.

The story tells the adventures of the 10 year-old "Tommeke" and his brother Sven, and the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit a charity for disabled children called "Move to Improve".

Boonen joins legend Eddy Merckx in the list of cyclists who have been immortalised in cartoons.

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