Wiggins on hand to back Jack

Bradley Wiggins with Steve Hampson (left) and Andy Johnson

Bradley Wiggins with Steve Hampson (left) and Andy Johnson

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SIR Bradley Wiggins will be among the sporting stars backing a Joining Jack fundraiser this weekend.

Last year’s Tour de France champion will be joined by many of the Wigan rugby league greats who represented the charity at the Dubai Sevens last year.

Former wing favourite Brian Carney, now a pundit for Sky Sports, will compere the race day at Wrightington’s Derby House Equestrian on Mossy Lea Road.

Wiggins has given his support to Joining Jack in the past.

He famously made the linked-fingers salute on the podium in France last year, and later flew out to Dubai to act as water-boy for the Legends team. Earlier this year, he was the special guest at a curry night which launched a cycle challenge. Johnson and fellow ex-Wigan players Andy Coley, Steve Hampson and Kris Radlinski are cycling L’etape du Tour, a gruelling stage of the Tour de France, this summer to raise money for the charity he founded with wife Alex after their son Jack was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

This Saturday, Wiggins will carry out the raffle draw to find out who has won a trip to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates.

That will crown a day which starts at 1pm with Champagne reception and continues throughout the afternoon with live music, racing and food.

Celebrities including X-factor’s Carolynne Poole and actress Lucy Jo Hudson are also attending.

Tickets are just £45 (including a free £5 bet) and are available from calling 01257 426514. All profits from the race day, which finishes at 7pm, go to Joining Jack.