LITESPORT THE Tour de France begins for real today when Astana team mates and arch-rivals Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong head for the mountains and Stage Seven, which ends with a monster climb to Andorra Arcalis at 2,240m. And Great Britains Bradley Wiggins, currently sixth and not a bad mountain man himself, believes the Spaniard Contador will get one over American Armstrong, the seven-time winner who is attempting a miracle comeback. Wiggins said: Its going to be tough but I think Contador is going to rip it to bits, to be honest. After that first mountain stage it might settle down a bit and follow more of a pattern. Armstrong said after a reasonably flat Stage Six in Barcelona yesterday: I know Alberto is ready to assert himself on the road, I dont need a team meeting to know that. I know he is ready to go. Contador appears eager for the punishment of the mountains. He said: I want to get to the Pyrenees because the mountains are my territory. Im feeling good but you always like to confirm that feeling. Contador is expected to relish the Hors Category climb, literally so steep you cant categorise it --which is 10.6km long and has an average gradient of 7.1 per cent. Both Contador and Armstrong are well acquainted with the Arcalis -- Armstrong used to live and train in Gerona near the mountains of Andorra while Contador, like all Spanish cyclists, rides and trains regularly in the region. Armstrong believes both he and Contador could ride as protected riders with their team-mates helping them every step of the way. But he also added that after the climb, he and Contador would have to sit down and discuss who will lead the team as they head into Saturdays stage to Saint-Girons, a stage topped by the mighty Port DEnvalira, a huge 2,408m climb. 38 Friday, 10 July 2009 London Lite Stupid Millar hunted down by chasing pack Positions after Stage 6 1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 4 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana 5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana1 6 Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Garmin 7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia 8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin 9 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 10 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia 11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 12 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia 13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 15 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 16 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 17 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 18 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia 19 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 20 David Millar (Gbr) Garmin 38 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia 161 Charles Wegelius (Gbr) Silence oVERALL STANdINGS NExT STAGES Top Mark: Cavendish leads points race Today: Stage 7, Barcelona to Andorre Arcalis (224km) Tomorrow: Stage 8, Andorre-la-Vieille to Saint-Girons (176.5km) Sunday: Stage 9, Saint-Gaudens to Tarbes (160.5km) lLive on British Eurosport BRITAINS David Millar admitted his stupidity got the better of him as he narrowly failed to grab a third stage victory in the Tour de France. The Scot came up just a few kilome- tres short in Stage Six yesterday, an 181kmjauntfromGironatoBarcelona, that was eventually won by sprint specialist Thor Hushovd -- leaving Millar to claim a ridiculously unfair 96th place. Millar, 32, was part of an early three- man breakaway group which had grown to four before he pulled clear 29kmfromthefinishonaboldsoloraid for home. However, he was caught by a quick- finishing peloton around a kilometre from the line and he could do nothing as Cervelos Hushovd powered past Spanish duo Oscar Freire and Jose Joaquin Rojas for the win. I hadnt planned to attack but it was emotion which took over, said Millar, who has a training base in Girona like many other riders. Stupidity. Not one of my smartest moves. I rode more with my heart than with my head. We set off from my home, I knew all the roads. I was on the coast roadIvedoneitsomanytimesintrain- ing and I thought I can have fun here but before I knew it, I was off on my own and then I was thinking Uh-oh! Millar ran out of time on an uphill finish in the Montjuic district of Barcelona. He said: Those last few kilometres, theroadwasbig,eightto10metres,and the peloton was in place to organise themselves. I was enjoying holding them off for so long on my own and I thought I had it with 10km to go. If thered have been more turns, it would have been different. In Barce- lona, I said to myself, Im done for. It was worth it though. To come so close is gratifying. Hushovds first stage victory of this years Tour brings him to within a point of Britains Mark Cavendish in the sprinters standings. Cavendish remains in the green jer- sey because his 16th-placed finish earned him some precious points. Hushovd believes his battle with sprint king Cavendish will go to the wire. IdontthinkCavendishwillabandon -- last year he was more tired because he rode the Giro dItalia to the end, the Norwegian said of the Manxman, who has won two stages already in the 2009 edition of the Tour. He climbs better this year and has set off very quickly. Fabian Cancellara was 10th, in the same time as Hushovd, so the Swiss retains the yellow jersey heading into todays Stage Seven. by neal collins On yer bike: David Millar leads the breakaway yesterday -- but he was caught by the peleton close to the finish in Barcelona Now Armstrong and Contador head for the mountains Climbers: Contador, Armstrong and Wiggins, inset right by harry lane LANCE ARMSTRONG is a great Twitterer. He announced on lancearmstrong this morning: First mtn stage today. Its for real now. Long day (224 kms) and summit finish. 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