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Bennett best in Turkey, Hofland in Famenne Ardenne Classic: Daily News Digest
Former American pro Levi Leipheimer was one of the many unfortunate Northern California residents to lose their home this week as wildfires have savaged Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties.
Leipheimer was luckier than most. He was no longer living in the house he’d called home since 2006, which he’s selling and had just gone into escrow. Most of his belongings had already been packed up and moved out; he was 16 kilometres away in the small town of Healdsburg, where he’s lived for the past 18 months, when the fire consumed his former neighborhood in northeastern Santa Rosa.
Though he lost a few containers of memorabilia from his racing career, which included podium finishes at the Tour de France and Olympics, he said that in the context of what was happening in the area, it meant nothing.
“I know it’s a cliché, but it’s just stuff,” he said. “I’m alive. Most of my stuff was already packed up. I didn’t have to escape the fire.”
Leipheimer’s former neighborhood was directly in the westward path of what’s being referred to as the Tubbs Fire, which is believed to have been caused by downed power lines due to high winds early Monday morning.
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