Retired pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer loses house in California fires

Levi Leipheimer was one of many in the cycling community who were affected by the fires in Northern California this month. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The photograph told the devastation. Retired pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer stood stoically in front of the ruins of his home in Sonoma County, California.

"I lost my house but not my home in Sonoma County," Leipheimer wrote on Instagram. "We will make it through."

The destruction was complete, and Leipheimer stood wearing a face mask as he stared at the rubble that was his home in Santa Rosa.

Odessa Gunn, Leipheimer's former wife and an animal rights activist, also posted a photo of what remained of their home.

"So sad to say goodbye to the best home I've ever lived in," she wrote. "Broken hearted."

I lost my house but not my home here in Sonoma County. We WILL make it through this.

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