Cadel is-despite his personality- a fine rider with a couple promising years ahead of him-If he make the right choices
I think it would be a "desperate" move to leave S-L leadership just to become another LA mistress-money is not worth the aggravation
Or maybe, just maybe, these guys, who actually know the players, know more about it than we do.
I think Cadel will end up going to RS. From what I've read, he and LA have always been fairly decent friends in the peloton. At RS, he won't have to worry about the team focusing on sprinting, as I can't think of a single time when USPS, Disco, Astana, etc ever had a viable grand tour sprinter that they didn't let go or not support sufficiently. So, they'll be a team focused on Grand Tours, classics, and stage races. I think Cadel probably realizes that he won't win the Tour, ever. But, a team with Levi, Phinney, Lance, Horner, and probably a lot of other great riders could help him win a Giro or Vuelta, or maybe some other major races that he'd like to conquer before he's done.