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Tom Boonen, now a cartoon

Tom Boonen's superstar status in Belgium continues to grow. Following the successful launch of his biography last year, publisher Borgerhoff & Lamberigts is now planning to release a cartoon with Boonen junior as the main character. "The comic will be about a 12 year-old Boonen and the adventures that he has around his home town of Balen," explained Ivan Claeys who is responsible for the story line.

When Boonen attended the launch of his biography last year, temporary fences were needed to keep fans from crushing Quick.Step's star rider. 500 copies were sold in less than two hours that day and Borgerhoff & Lamberigts want to play the same hand as last year, and plan on releasing the first edition of the comic in September, in time for the Belgian Book Fair.

The comic will be aimed at "Boonen fans, cycling fans, and young people who like a good, amusing comic," said Claeys, who also hinted that further publications are not out of the question, if there is sufficient interest.

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