by Amy Shipley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 3, 2010; 7:27 AM
Some 60 new Trek bikes were hawked for cash -- instead of given to riders -- to fund a doping program for Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team in 2004, disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis told the Wall Street Journal, according to a story in the newspaper's weekend edition.
Federal investigators have contacted Trek about the alleged sales as they consider whether federal fraud statutes were violated, the newspaper reported. Jeff Novitzky, a special agent with the Food and Drug Administration, is leading a wide-ranging investigation into doping in cycling, and has interviewed Landis about his claims, according to several sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Landis also alleged to the newspaper that Armstrong advised him on blood doping and gave him testosterone patches in 2002. He said that he saw Armstrong receive blood transfusions twice: once in a hotel room at the 2004 Tour de France and another time on the floor of a bus whose driver pulled off the road, pretending to have a mechanical problem.
In a statement released early Saturday morning by his publicist, Armstrong said the story was "full of false accusations and more of the same old news from Floyd Landis, a person with zero credibility and an established pattern of recanting tomorrow what he swears to today . . . For years, sensational stories -- based on the allegations of ax-grinders -- have surfaced on the eve of the Tour for publicity reasons, and this article is simply no different."
Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, has repeatedly denied taking performance-enhancing drugs and has never failed any drug tests. Landis flunked a drug test that cost him his 2006 Tour de France title, then claimed for nearly four years that he never took drugs, raising money from cycling fans to support his defense of doping allegations.