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Trek Bicycle officials cooperate in federal probe into Floyd Landis allegations

Trek Bicycle Corporation officials told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday that they have provided documents to a federal criminal investigation involving Lance Armstrong.

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Company officials from the U.S.-based Trek Bicycle Corporation told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday that they have provided documents to a federal criminal investigation involving Lance Armstrong.

Trek spokesman Bill Mashek told the newspaper that company officials were contacted by investigators just before last month’s start of the Tour de France.

“We have been contacted and we have provided information,” Mashek said. “We are cooperating fully in the investigation.”

Armstrong is the top endorser of the Wisconsin-based bicycle firm. Trek has worked with Armstrong since 1998 when the company backed Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team. Trek now sponsors Armstrong’s latest team, Radio Shack.

Trek has no plans to drop its sponsorship of Armstrong, Mashek said, noting that “it is important to remember these are just allegations.”

Mashek said investigators did not interview Trek employees and that the information Trek provided consisted of documents, adding that investigators asked Trek not make public details of the probe.

“We are respecting that,” Mashek said, not revealing which federal agencies are involved in the investigation.

The New York Times reported Thursday that prosecutors have questioned many former associates of Armstrong, including an anonymous cyclist that backed ex-Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis’ claim that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied being a dope cheat and his attorney responded by saying the Times story was mere innuendo against a rider who has never tested positive for doping.

The Times said the agent in charge of the probe is Jeff Novitzky, the former lead investigator into the BALCO steroid scandal, and he could be trying to make a case that Armstrong and others defrauded sponsors by doping.